Data breaches are costly and often occur because of a misdefined audience clouds, a new study has claimed.
IBM’s new report claims that 19% of security breaches occur because IT teams are unable to properly protect the resources in their cloud infrastructure. In a survey of 524 organizations that suffered from a data breach between August 2019 and April 2020, IBM also found that the average cost of a data breach increased by half a million dollars during that time.
Many organizations trust it multi-cloud infrastructure, especially when the Covid-19 pandemic forced everyone to work remotely. Still, protecting more than half (52%) of data stored in the public cloud is a challenge.
However, the risk does not stop them. Almost all (85%) of IT organizations are already considering or using a public cloud service. They are happy to accept these shortcomings because the positive effects outweigh the negative ones: cloud infrastructure can increase efficiency and visibility in complex networks, as well as take on workload from local networks, which are often unable to support a mobile workforce.
Using zero confidence
The report further notes that the two most important approaches used by IT organizations to secure their cloud infrastructure are zero trust frameworks and IP inventory.
Zero-trust frameworks protect gateways between users, freeing the software developer from the need to access the network in order to access cloud resources from their home office. In this way, administrators can limit what each employee can do in the system.
Adding an IP list, in turn, creates a list of accepted IP addresses that can access the network and access its resources. Typically, administrators assigned static and separate IP addresses to all employee devices. Yet this approach can sometimes be too expensive, especially for small businesses.
IBM believes they can remain flexible by implementing easily scalable third-party solutions.