The Journey to a Secure Cloud Starts with a Big Data Platform

Author: Mark Micallef, Vice President, Asia Pacific & Japan, Cloudera
From Facebook updates to iBanking and company-wide file sharing, cloud is the new norm for the everyday man, small businesses, and large organizations alike. Organizations around the globe are turning to the cloud for its attractive cost model, ease of use, and speedy implementation process. In fact, Forrester predicts that the public cloud services market in Asia Pacific will grow to US$20 billion in 2018, doubling since 2015. However, as with all new innovations, the adoption of cloud technology comes with its own set of challenges. With today’s sophisticated cyber threat landscape, security in the cloud has become an increasing concern for Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs).
There is no doubt that 2017 has been a prolific year for data outages, theft of intellectual property, and cyberattacks. This means that CISOs today are under increasing pressure to protect their organizations from the business impact of these technical failures – including the potential significant financial losses. For example, the recent NotPetya attack that caused worldwide business disruptions earlier this year left companies with estimated losses of up to $300 million in revenue. The consequences are severe and CISOs need to act fast and secure data in their cloud environments today.
According to McAfee’s State of the Cloud 2017 report, 57% of organizations are running a hybrid cloud architecture, serving testament to the rampant success of the cloud. However, having data across several cloud providers can create additional security gaps and emerge new vulnerabilities such as an increase in the risk of unauthorized access and a lack of security around sensitive data. CISOs also have a common misconception that moving data to the cloud means moving the responsibility of it to the cloud provider. Your data will still be your data and it is up to you to ensure its security. Cloud providers’ security infrastructures are usually up to industry standards, but with the complexity of threats today, is enough security really enough?
To overcome these challenges, CISOs need to remember that managing data on the cloud is no different than managing it on-premise. There is still a need to invest in a platform that can ingest exponential volumes of data from different sources, channel it into a centralized data hub, and make it available to employees across the organization, in real-time, with full fidelity and security.
Earlier this year, Cloudera introduced Altus, a Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) offering that makes it much easier to run large-scale data processing applications on public cloud. With Altus, CISOs can also easily onboard and manage user accounts to prevent unwarranted access to cloud environments. Cloudera Altus also includes Cloudera’s machine learning cybersecurity solution that allows businesses to detect and classify anomalies through real-time behavior analytics. Having a platform that easily integrates with your cloud provider’s security best practices strengthens your organization’s overall cybersecurity infrastructure in the cloud. This also tackles the resource crunch that CISOs are faced with today, without compromising on efficiency. CISOs can now offload tasks from man to machine and reassign valuable resources to more strategic duties.
In a world where the volume of data and types of cyber threats continue to amplify, it is imperative that business leaders leverage big data platforms to turn challenges into opportunities and focus on what’s important, protecting the most valuable asset to a company today – data. CISOs need to maximize their IT investments and can aim to kill two birds, cyber threats and data management, with one stone, the right secure and scalable big data platform. 

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