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2016’s Cloud Based Security Predictions

2016 will certainly be a year of growth and discovery for cloud-based security technologies. A changing of the technological guard brings with it multiple questions and predictions. We will attempt to explore the possible predictions and changes that we believe may affect the cloud-based security industry in 2016.

2016 will be the year less tech aware businesses begin to use cloud-based services therefore signifying the software’s break into the mainstream market. The realisation that cloud-based services can offer a cost effective, more secure solution to traditional solutions will boost the numbers of businesses using cloud services. Additionally, the ability for businesses to access security capabilities which were only once available to the largest networks and enterprises means that cloud-based services have become more accessible and attractive for SME’s.

Although cloud-based security is more effective and secure than the older, traditional forms of security, 2016 will still see a rise of attacks on cloud environments. This rise coincides with the ever growing popularity of cloud-based securities as well as cloud developments. Using computation infrastructure, criminals will be able to hide behind legitimate network sources allowing them to remain anonymous. Furthermore, web application security and security monitoring are left vulnerable by underfunding. Integrated security tools and actionable intelligence can help to resolve the issues mentioned, however we will have needed to see greater investment in security measures in 2016 for these to be actionable. 

Security encryption will be central to the prevention of cloud criminal activity in 2016. Companies are now looking at encryption as a fundamental part of overall data storage and security strategies.  

We will see a rise in cloud-based security technology usage due to older models and IT security giants losing their effectiveness in 2016. Attempts to transfer over traditional products into cloud-based services have failed leaving the only viable alternative; cloud-based security technologies. The larger, original IT security giant’s ability to innovate and move forward have consequently opened the door for smaller, start-ups who have the means to build newer, cheaper and more secure security products.

The joining together of devops and cloud automation. Due to more cloud deployments functioning at 100% automation, they are relying on programmable infrastructure resources. Consequently, security infrastructure has to be 100% programmable as well as leading to flexible cloud developments which expand multiple times as day.

Cloud-based software will affect the IT security organisation as security teams face real pressure to change the way they work by getting involved in the actual building of software rather than the auditing of it. Security professionals will need to develop engineering skills as well as be able to write code as the role progresses into a more technical space for the future of cloud security management.

In the end, moving such important data from one aging technological method to a newer, more accessible method will always bring up issues. The transition will never be completely smooth; it is however essential that progress is made. Cloud-based security technology is evolving in the right direction. Although we must expect hiccups, in the end, these hiccups will lead to greater resolution and protection.

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