Reports on internet security threats and hacks pop up in media coverage with some unnerving, yet expected, regularity. In fact, the FBI released that foreign agents targeted routers in American homes to gather information and issued a warning to reboot routers.
Security attacks and prevention is a never-ending cycle. The cycle begins with hackers shifting their method of attack to circumvent the security measures in place. After successfully breaching security protections, cybersecurity specialists are thrown into a full-fledged emergency mode, scrambling to protect data, oust the invader, and then set up additional security buttresses to halt a similar attack. Once security barriers are constructed to prevent similar hacks, the hackers then strategize on new methods to gain access into a network. In other words, cybersecurity professionals will always play a defensive and offensive role. And it’s a lot of work.
The Cloud Security Alliance Explained
Given the magnitude of this never-ending cycle, some groups have formed to help IT security professionals stay up to date on the latest advances, research, and assurance protocols to protect networks. One such group that focuses primarily on cloud security is the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA). It was formed by cloud vendors, service providers, and technology companies. The group is involved in the following activities:
- Offering cybersecurity certification and other training to IT professionals.
- Conducting research and reporting its findings. The group partitions its research into several working groups, each dedicated to researching a specific security task.
- Holding local meetings and conferences.
- Releasing white papers and reports.
- Crafting and maintaining the only meta-framework of cloud-specific security controls matrix.
Recently, CSA released its “State of Cloud Report.” In this report, not only does it list what’s currently happening in cloud computing, it also gives advice to enterprises. One important nugget is that “the enterprise needs to train employees on basic security practices. Avoiding phishing attacks and proper password management practices can prevent many of the malware attacks such as ransomware and DDOS.”