Cloud computing initiatives have become some of the most ubiquitous and sought-after deployments in the corporate world. Companies of all kinds and sizes are making use of this important asset to improve their visibility, cut costs and gain increased communication between personnel and clients. However, recent reports from analytics specialist Gartner warn that some key aspects of government cloud computing have been missed by private industry, which might result in some of the most prodigious security problems the business world has ever seen.
Evolving threats, devolving infrastructure
The research firm said in a recent report published by Techworld that the progress of internet threats might cause the rise of bigger and badder bugs in 2014, worse than anything ever seen before. The source stated that worms are projected to wreak havoc with enterprise IT solutions next year, exploiting infrastructure and destroying online databases entirely.
One of the major elements adding to this warning are employee-driven cloud applications, which organizations have not been thorough enough to quash appropriately. In some cases, businesses may not have cloud usage protocols in place, and other entities may not check for the presence of unauthorized apps and devices when running backups or monitoring basic security channels. Techworld wrote that, in some cases, companies may not even know critical files are missing until a significant amount of time after they're disappeared.
Addressing the problem
The major issue here doesn't lie in the integrity of government cloud computing systems themselves, nor in the durability of corporate security software. Rather, the guidelines employees are meant to follow tend not to be enforced strictly, and in some cases they aren't present at all. In order to cut down on rogue deployments and unsecured endpoint access, setting operating guidelines should be the first step, Data Center Knowledge stated.
On top of that, the source also recommended inspecting network, device and infrastructure security deployments. These utilities should all be managed by an enterprise IT solution that is constantly checking for authorizations, enforcing encryptions and monitoring ACLs and load switchers to ensure worms like the ones Gartner predicts will start rolling out and have the least-possible impact on corporate operations. Companies should also make certain that their disaster recovery tools are being curated appropriately. That way, if a worst-case scenario should occur and a worm successfully makes its way into cloud resources, firms will be able to restore their systems and get back to business.