Cloud is the most trusted database available to us till date. Being the most popular data storage place, it is also the most popular target to breaches and attacks by hackers. Recent research has found that there are almost 34 Mn vulnerabilities which can be found on the largest cloud platforms around the world. This being the case, there are only 42 threat intelligence units globally. 42 teams can’t take care of 34 million problems. This is why IT companies are always on the lookout to find certified Cloud security personnel. This is because problems have already started arising in web services, Artificial Intelligence systems and search engines around the globe. This growing chaos has led to such a dicey situation in the world that companies are desperately looking for professionals to help them out.
We can define Cloud Security as a measure to protect the data stored online from various malicious activities like leakage, theft and deletion. There are many methods of dealing with problems related to data security online. Data loss, data breaching, service traffic hijacking, account hijacking, insecure Application Program Interfaces (API), shared technology and poor choice of cloud storage provider are some of the common threats posed towards Cloud Security. These problems can be tackled by deploying firewalls to stop malware and ransomware, data anonymization to prevent people from knowing whom the data belongs to, tokenizing the data creating virtual lockers for data of every individual separately, Virtual Private Network (VPN) to bounce location and IP address so that sensitive data cannot be tracked and avoiding public internet connections as there is a fair possibility of obtaining worms, Trojans and other malicious elements that could hamper your device and data security. Another major threat for servers is Distributed Denial of Services, commonly known as DDoS. This increases data trafficking by loading the server with a huge amount of data when someone tries to access it. This is mainly used to prevent people from accessing their accounts like email addresses and bank accounts. This provides a hacker with the scope to blackmail or lends him time to breach into the accounts to collect more details.
Threats have been found in the applications that customers use to deploy cloud infrastructure and not on cloud provider service themselves. This means that the cloud providers are not at fault, and they still have their reputation at best for providing proper platform security to its uses. Yet, there are two types of infrastructural problems associated with basic security. Platform-as-a-service and Consumers of Infrastructure (PaaS and IaaS) are the cloud structures are failing to provide basic security to its customers, and it is quite absurd at their behalf. Reports suggest that there is a lack of proper workforce to maintain security.
Cloud container systems like Docker and Kubernetes are being adopted nowadays, which is a leading cause of such issues. These container systems (40,000 in number) are proven to be operating on insecure configurations that are the lead causes of such issues arising. MS configuration by customers has led to 65% cloud-related problems in the past year. DevSecOps is one of the most important elements of the cloud and can be successfully enabled by using containers effectively with the help of Cloud Security professional teams. Secured configuration should be ensured, and proper monitoring should be done by the teams to make sure that the hosts, as well as the applications, are safe.
Certification of Cloud Security and its Importance
The most important aspect of Cloud Security being followed by companies is that it leaves no room for unknown vulnerabilities to bother the cloud database of the company. Keeping this in the vision, (ISC)2 has updated it’s domains in Cloud Security Certification, apart from this many cloud certifications by AWS are also available. The content is now refreshed and has more domains added to it. The exam focuses on the knowledge possessed by the candidate regarding various theories of Cloud Security such as its design, architecture, operation and service orchestration. The sequential training and exam pattern revolves around the topic that is extremely relevant to the responsibilities and roles of Cloud Security professionals today.
It is quite evident that this increasing demand for Cloud Security professionals is not out of the blue but, situation dependent. If something is not done quickly about this problem occurring, this might get out of hands. Cloud contains data of more than half of the internet users, and privacy is a very important thing.