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Whether you’re a large corporation, a nonprofit organization, or an everyday person who wants to share your data with others, you’ve probably jumped on the cloud phenomenon already.

Amazon’s cloud, the iCloud, and a range of others have interconnected the world with speed, efficiency and convenience. However, this system has earned a notorious reputation for offering the same ease of access to hackers and cyber terrorists.

Online hackers have the ability to steal valuable data without risk to themselves, with very little time, and usually without ever leaving the comfort of their homes. This has caused many to be wary of the cloud, and some businesses refuse to use it altogether due to the risk their data may experience.

A large outcry has been made by those wishing to enjoy cloud computing and storage without fearing danger from cyber terrorism.

There’s good news; the cloud industry is listening. Positive signs point to new developments and techniques making the cloud safer. Here are several methods, in particular, that point to a safer cloud.

Cognitive Security

Like many forms of cognitive computing, cognitive security can self-learn and adapt from previous experiences based on new data it’s presented with. Once it’s fed this data, it will mine it for information and isolate patterns that should be followed in the future, just as iPhone’s Siri can learn from its user’s vocabulary and habits to focus its service.

This greater insight allows it to not only combat current threats but also forecast and prepare for possible future ones. While there is a steady stream of threats from hackers and viruses threatening the security of the cloud, cognitive security can battle against zero-day attacks, Advanced Persistent Threats (APTs), exploit kits, Trojans and a range of other threats inside the network.

This is a technology available to businesses now, which can be installed on current systems to boost the safety of the users. However, its abilities are still being honed and improved, pointing to even better security skills in the future.

Security Gateways (Brokers)

Another method employed to boost cloud security involves creating more stringent access points, where users are sent through a very particular gateway that will analyze the validity and intentions of their entrance.

This has the aim of catching hackers and viruses before they ever reach the cloud. Products like these would be able to authenticate users, enforce data protection policies, and even control the way users can access applications and share information, which would allow the security system to monitor it tightly.

Cloud Security Enforcer

The IBM Cloud Security Enforcer takes on a similar tactic to the gateways by monitoring what actions are being taken in the cloud with an extreme level of detail. By approving certain applications, the Enforcer only allows a user access after strictly checking their authenticity and collecting data on their habits within the cloud.

By analyzing which applications are being used and what data is being accessed, it can spot attempts at hacking ahead of time and apply the proper security protocols. The same concern arises in regards to privacy but IBM, in particular, follows a strict policy on what information will be disclosed to them and the tactics they will take to monitor user information.

With the Enforcer, intrusion can be prevented, zero-day threats can be eliminated, and traffic behavioral analysis can be monitored to keep the cloud safer.

The cloud is still an evolving technology which offers many advantages, but it also raises concerns of its own. New developments are being put in place to raise the level of security it offers; some of which are already in place while others are on the way. These signs point to a future where public and private solutions are not only convenient but also far safer than ever before.


Rick-DelgadoAbout the Author: Rick Delgado is a freelance tech writer and commentator. He enjoys writing about new technologies and trends, and how they can help us. Rick occasionally writes for several tech companies and industry publications.

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