What will cloud security look like in 3 years?

Gartner states through 2020, public IaaS workloads will suffer at least 60 percent fewer security incidents than workloads in traditional data centers. When I pointed this out several years ago, many scoffed at the claim.

Both the hyperscalers and third-party security providers are spending about 70 to 80 percent of their R&D budgets on supporting public clouds. It should be no surprise that the quality and functionality of most cloud security technologies will be superior to traditional on-premises systems.

What do we have coming down the line in terms of cloud security? Here is what I think the landscape will look like in three years, maybe sooner.

Automate everything. Some security systems automate existing processes today, but in five years this will be taken to the next level. We’ll have uber-dynamic interactions with potential threats, backed up by a machine learning system, using intercloud and intracloud orchestration of many different resources to find and stop attacks.

This moves cloud security from a passive state to an active one. We’re no longer waiting to get attacked; we can detect when an attack is imminent and automatically challenge the attacker with automated defenses before the first penetration attempt. In some cases, we’ll have the ability to launch automated counterattacks.

Focus on intercloud security. As we move to a multicloud world, we’re finding that using native security systems for each public cloud is way too laborious and causes complexity and confusion that can lead to breaches.  

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