The adoption of Cloud technologies provides a host of benefits for organisations. However, as organisations continue to accelerate their adoption of cloud technologies to support business transformation, greater importance and focus is demanded from IT departments to ensure the platform and business services are secure.

Management of cloud environments can be challenging for traditional IT operational teams that are mature in securing on-premise workloads, but lack the understanding and skills to ensure their security posture is not compromised once in the cloud. Organisations that do not have the skills in how security is implemented and maintained in Cloud environments, can become vulnerable to significant risk of data breach or business disruption.

Along with operational complexities, external market trends such as the rapid pace of digitalisation, increased remote and hybrid working environments, and the expansion of connected devices are all increasing cyber security risk. There are now infinite ways into a company’s network and adversaries are becoming more sophisticated, especially around social engineering to exploit user’s own credentials and access rights.

According to Check Point’s 2022 Cloud Security Report, 27% of organisations experienced a security incident in their public cloud infrastructure over the last 12 months, with 23% being the direct result of security misconfigurations. Other contributors to cloud breaches included vulnerability exploitation (14%), compromised accounts (15%), and improper data sharing (15%).

This white paper explores some of the common cloud security challenges organisations are facing and the modern approaches to cyber security in the cloud, which can reduce risk and ensure robust cloud security.

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