Uninvestigated Cloud Alerts Put Nearly 90% of Businesses at Risk

Uninvestigated Cloud Alerts Put Nearly 90% of Businesses at Risk

By Greg Tavarez

The current state of incident response is like fighting a wildfire with buckets – it's slow, labor-intensive and ineffective. Manual processes for tasks like data collection, analysis and communication eat up valuable time during critical incidents, which leaves organizations exposed for longer periods.

This vulnerability is amplified by the rapid adoption of cloud and containerized technologies. Traditional on-premise security tools often struggle to keep pace with these dynamic environments. This creates blind spots for attackers.

In fact, according to a recent report by Cado, 89% of organizations experienced some level of damage before they were able to investigate and contain incidents in the cloud. Adding to that, nearly half of that damage was reported as significant.

Further complicating the issue are myriad complex regulations requiring organizations to report security incidents. These mandates add another layer of stress to an already time-consuming process.

According to the report, over 70% of cybersecurity leaders say data privacy regulations complicate incident response, just over one-third of respondents reported being fined for failing to meet regulatory requirements.

With the rise of modern incident response practices, particularly in cloud environments, coupled with growing regulatory scrutiny on cloud security, the future impact on security incidents is an intriguing question.

Additionally, cloud and container environments introduce unique challenges for investigation. Traditional forensics techniques might not be readily applicable. Specialized skills and tools are required.

Recognizing these limitations, organizations seek a new approach to incident response: automation. By automating repetitive tasks like data collection and log analysis, security teams can free themselves to focus on critical thinking and decision-making. Additionally, 95% of respondents believe that AI will play a key role in cloud incident response.

"A robust incident response program – especially one that extends to the next generation of technologies – is critical to safeguarding organizations against emerging threats," said James Campbell, CEO and co-founder at Cado Security. "Yet, as revealed in our latest report, organizations still lack streamlined incident response strategies for cloud environments. The findings reinforce that organizations urgently need to adopt new approaches to swiftly investigate and respond – not only to better address risk, but also to comply with the complex and ever-changing incident response reporting mandates across the globe."

Organizations need to move beyond manual processes and embrace automation and cloud-native security solutions to efficiently investigate and respond to threats. This will not only shorten the time to resolution but also improve overall security posture.

Edited by Alex Passett
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