Minimizing your Data Attack Surface in the Cloud
By Ron Reiter, CTO, SentraThe cloud is one of the most important developments in the history of information technology. It drives innovation and speed for companies, giving engineers instant access to virtually any type of workload with unlimited scale.But with opportunity comes a price - moving at these speeds increases the risk that data ends up in places that are not monitored for governance, risk and compliance issues. Of course, this increases the risk of a data breach, but it’s not the only reason we’re seeing so many breaches in the cloud era. Other reasons include: Systems are being built quickly for business units without adequate regard for securityMore data is moving through the company as teams use and mine data more efficiently using tools such as cloud data warehouses, BI, and big data analyticsNew roles are being created constantly for people who need to gain access to organizational dataNew technologies are being adopted for business growth which require access to vast amounts of data - such as deep learning, novel language models, and new processors in the cloudAnonymous cryptocurrencies have made data leaks lucrative.Nation state powers are increasing cyber attacks due to new conflictsUltimately, there are only two methods which can mitigate the risk of cloud data leaks - better protecting your cloud infrastructure, and minimizing your data attack surface.