Cybersecurity In the Cloud


Cloud use is becoming ubiquitous across all sectors and organizations as they adopt various cloud models such as SaaS, PaaS, IaaS and associated technologies.


For example, there are now nearly 500,000 companies using Office 365 in the U.S alone as of March 2019 according to Statista — and thousands more using other popular cloud providers like GSuite and ServiceNow.


While this cloud adoption has many benefits for efficiency, cost savings, and collaboration/communication, it also brings many challenges.


Cloud adoption has erased what we once knew as the network edge and opened it to countless endpoint vulnerabilities. This has created a major challenge to keep IT infrastructure, applications, and data safe (at rest and in transit).


Malware, DDoS attacks, insecure applications. privilege misuse, and a host of cybersecurity threats are the negative side of cloud computing that every SMB must address. Just one example is email, which accounted for 94 percent of malware delivery according to the Verizon 2019 Data Breach Investigations Report.


Here’s more important information taken from the report, compiled from analysis of over 40,000 security incidents:


  • 16% of public sector entities

  • 15% involving healthcare organizations

  • 10% in the financial industry

  • 43% of the victims were small businesses

  • 32% involved phishing

  • 29% involved the use of stolen credentials

  • 56% took months or longer to discover

These statistics expose the overriding concern of this new cloud reality where performing monitoring and Incident Response (IR) has been changed forever. This has left every organization scrambling to address three very important challenges as the IT infrastructure continues to adopt modern technologies:


  1. How to mature monitoring capabilities

  2. How to incorporate IR process framework strategies and processes into this new environment

  3. Determining what processes need to change in order to ensure cybersecurity success


This eBook will help your organization develop a comprehensive strategy. In it, you’ll find:


  • A framework for maturing your ability to monitor and respond to security events in cloud SaaS products such as Office 365, Gsuite, and ServiceNow

  • Suggestions of where you should focus your attention to further mature monitoring and IR capabilities in the cloud

  • A framework for understanding the importance of having a Security Operations Center (SOC) and the challenges your business will face in implementation


In this eBook, we’ll address where and how to conduct cloud monitoring for optimal and efficient IR based on functional needs requirements.


This is intended to provide business stakeholders with an understanding of the importance of developing and implementing monitoring and IR capabilities as part of a SOC. IT leaders faced with the challenges of the costs and security talents needed for a SOC will find ways to explain its importance to business stakeholders and offer cost-effective means of implementation.


The goal is to help align business and IT needs and functionality by ensuring proactive visibility and security into business cloud operations. We must first start by looking at how most SMBs are using cloud services like Microsoft Office 365 and how that impacts security.

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Whitepaper: The Challenges of Effective Cloud Cybersecurity

NAICS Codes: 

541511, 541512, 541513, 541519, 541611, 541618, 541620, 541690, 611420, 511210, 518210, 541430, 541720, 541990, 561110

Where We Work Includes: 

  • Department of State

  • U.S. Commission on Civil Rights

  • FTI Consulting

  • SD Solutions, LLC.