Protecting critical data and applications is a challenge under any circumstances, but it’s especially daunting when resources reside in the cloud. Most organizations today operate a significant portion of their workloads in the cloud, which adds to the complexity of the security problem—a security team can’t fully control cloud environments but is responsible for securing workloads and applications running there.
Cybercriminals are exploiting the situation. They’re becoming more aggressive and ingenious in their efforts, taking advantage of the fact that there is confusion about who is responsible for which aspects of security under the Shared Responsibility Model. Adding to the chaos is the differentiation between cloud providers’ security offerings and capabilities. Quite simply, in most cases, cloud providers are responsible for the security of the cloud and consumers are responsible for security in the cloud, meaning that security and networking teams still need to ensure their organizations’ workloads and applications are free from malware or other tampering.