Vectra AI, a provider of threat detection and response, released the findings of the PaaS & IaaS Security Survey Report. The report compiled the answers of 317 IT executives all using AWS, 70% coming from organisations of 1,000+ employees.
The findings show a rapid expansion and reliance on AWS services while simultaneously showcasing security blind spots within many organisations.
As digital transformation efforts continue, AWS is becoming an even more critical component to organisations. They are regularly deploying new workloads, leveraging deployments in multiple regions, and are relying on more than one AWS service. The survey found:
- 64% of DevOps respondents are deploying new workload services weekly or even more frequently
- 78% of organisations are running AWS across multiple regions (40% in at least three)
- 71% of respondents say that they are using more than four AWS services (such as S3, EC2, IAM, etc.)
The expansion of AWS services has naturally led to increased complexity and risk. In fact, all of the companies surveyed have experienced at least one security incident in their public cloud environment in the last 12 months. Gartner anticipated that over 99% of cloud breaches will have a root cause of customer misconfiguration. Some blind spots the Vectra report uncovered include:
- 30% of organisations surveyed have no formal sign-off before pushing to production
- 40% of respondents say they do not have a DevSecOps workflow
- 71% of organisations say that 10 or more people can modify the entire infrastructure in their AWS environments, creating numerous attack vectors for hackers
Despite these blind spots, the survey showed that companies are taking security seriously. Over half of the companies surveyed reported double-digit security operations centre (SOC) headcounts, showing a significant investment in keeping their organisations secure.
“Securing the cloud with confidence is nearly impossible due to its ever-changing nature,” says Matt Pieklik, senior consulting analyst at Vectra. “To address this, companies need to limit the number of attack vectors malicious actors are able to take.
This means creating formal sign-off processes, creating DevSecOps workflows and limiting the number of people that have access to their entire infrastructure as much as possible. Ultimately, companies need to provide security holistically, across regions and automate as many activities as possible to enhance their effectiveness.”
Vectra has answered this industry need through the creation of Detect for AWS, which reduces risk of cloud services being exploited, detects threats against AWS services, and automatically responds to attacks against applications running in AWS.