The growth of Public Cloud has given startups the ability to scale quickly, provide a better customer experience and reach a global audience faster and simpler. Every type of business from small cottage industry to large enterprises and government agencies have sought to streamline their delivery model in the cloud and improve business operations.
However, as these business operations have grown in complexity over a long period, they have built up a large estate of legacy systems and processes running in the cloud. This complexity can be invisible, especially in large enterprises that have invested several years and vast sums of time and money “moving” to the cloud.
Typically, this increasing complexity gives birth to a new set of challenges:
- Business innovation is hindered, due to manual, timely operational activities
- The risk of a data breach or cyber security incident, caused by cloud security misconfiguration, lack of education and process.
If your business is experiencing this complexity, it may be hard to detect at an executive level and may be hidden in operational processes and undocumented configuration (or misconfiguration).
Risk needs to be owned as a part of a business and one of the areas that can add value to your business is providing your people with the processes and tools to reduce risk.
Before this happens though you need to create a culture that embraces good security practices as a first thought, not an afterthought. This includes proactive education to staff and 3rd party suppliers of their responsibilities of protecting sensitive information. It also includes having security policies and procedures in place that enable people to do their specific roles, but reduce their security footprint.
When using cloud technology such as AWS, Azure or Google Cloud your operations teams will get a lot of value from having actionable insights. These actionable insights can come from a number of different sources, including your core systems directory services (Active Directory for example), cloud account logs and application access.
However, being able to extract the information from these sources is complex and time consuming. That’s why with Teem Ops the focus is on only providing the most important security insights first and then providing more detail so an engineer can take action immediately.
This approach ensures that real security threats and risks are prioritized above everything else and then it provides assurance that risk can be measurably reduced.