We all have heard the term ¨Cloud computing¨, or simply ¨The Cloud¨. It sounds distant, isolated, especially when you look at the meaning in a dictionary: A white or gray mass in the sky that is made of many tiny drops of water. You have a feeling of Remoteness and Inaccessibility, which is understandable due to the location of the sky and the impossibility of touching a cloud. But, for someone with knowledge about the actual technologies, those terms mean Accessibility, Proximity, Mobility, and Collaboration, conversely. According to research conducted by the International Data Group, 69% of businesses are already using cloud technology, and 18% are planning to implement cloud-computing solutions at some point. So, what does it mean precisely ¨Cloud computing¨?
It is a term used to define the use of hardware and software delivered through the network (typically the Internet), and it is graphically represented with a cloud-shaped symbol. Gmail and even Facebook and Instagram are all cloud-based applications, although people don’t realize it. The mere mention to those Tech Giants makes you recognize the advantages of Cloud Computing, such as cost savings, security, flexibility, mobility, collaboration, disaster recovery, loss data prevention, and automatic software updates. Nevertheless, numerous organizations have security concerns when it comes to adopting a cloud-computing solution. If you can remotely access your data, so can you do it as a cybercriminal. How can you know that they are being protected?
It is time to talk about UTMSTACK®, security software designed to protect the security of IT systems traditionally (on-premises) or in the environment we are addressing: The Cloud. According to international stats, a security specialist can process 10 to 12 security incidents per day. Some organizations have thousands of such events daily, so UTMSTACK® is intended to multiply human analysts’ productivity with the integration of Threat Intelligence and Event Correlation. These capabilities, along with the Log and Event Management, the Security Orchestration, Automation and Response (SOAR), and the Threat Detection, make it possible to collect, analyze, and standardize all the logs files. The vast number of events collected(million) are evaluated using Machine Learning software, which reduces the number of incidents that seem worthy of further investigation to just thousands, which is a controllable sum. This tool also incorporates additional information such as geolocation and rare events detection to effectively find real threats. The SOAR also allows performing complicated tasks such as automatically isolated from the network by a computer that is under a cyberattack.
Most organizations don’t consider the possibility of internal data theft, but the truth is that a high percentage of data thefts occur internally and are executed by employees. Hypothetically, if a user logs into a cloud server directly using a series of keys, this may indicate that the type of the account was modified and that someone not authorized might be looking for data, UTMSTACK® Intrusion Detection System would send an alert detecting this suspicious situation. It also offers a practical Vulnerabilities Assessment, so the security staff becomes a clear sight of the common security vulnerabilities and can focus on those that require an immediate solution.
Today, the SIEM systems are moving to the cloud, and UTMSTACK® isn’t the exception. As it was mentioned above, this trend has undoubtedly many advantages for any organization such as:
Cost Savings: Most cloud-computing services are pay as you go, and once you’re on the cloud, easy access to your company’s data will save time and money in project startups.
Maintenance: A cloud-based solution will always be updated to the latest version without additional upgrade costs.
Flexibility: The surveys show that 65% of respondents find that “the ability to quickly adapt to the business demands” is one of the essential reasons when an organization considers moving to a cloud environment.
Disaster Recovery: Cloud-based services provide fast data recovery for emergencies like natural disasters or power outages. While 20% of cloud users claim to have a disaster recovery time of fewer than four hours, only 9% of non-cloud users claim the same.