Cloud technology is maturing. Most of our communication, work, and entertainment is already stored and run on a remote 3rd party server, and there are no signs that would indicate this path changing. Taking the next necessary step means implementing multi-clouds and taking advantage of hybrid computing. There is no doubt that this step brings new and very attractive opportunities for businesses of all sizes. But new developments can also mean new challenges.
Read on to learn more about the challenges in implementing multi-cloud strategies, about the first malware that threatens AWS Lambda, and the importance of hybrid quantum computing.
Gartner surveyed IT and InfoSec leaders to identify challenges associated with advancing their multi-cloud strategies. According to the survey, the majority of respondents believe there is room for improvement in visibility to assure the security, compliance, and performance of their hybrid and multi-cloud workloads. One of the main findings is that the growing complexity and costs involved hinder the successful management of multi-cloud infrastructures, which might lead to problems in migrating and scaling workloads in the cloud. In addition, the cost and complexity of cloud infrastructure frustrates in-house IT teams and takes resources from other projects.
A first-of-its-kind malware targeting AWS’ Lambda serverless computing platform was discovered at the end of February. Although this first sample only runs crypto-mining software and Amazon assures that Lambda is secure and AWS continues to operate as designed, it demonstrates how attackers are using advanced cloud-specific knowledge to exploit complex cloud infrastructure and is indicative of potential future attacks that are even more nefarious. Security has never been more important!
There have been a lot of discussions about quantum computers, their possible developments, and how they are going to affect our everyday life, including security that is based on classical algorithms. According to this Forbes’ opinion article by Arthur Herman, a hybrid quantum computing system that combines elements of quantum computing and classic computers as we know them is the future of computing. Working together, quantum and classical computers can perform functions that are difficult or impossible for classical and supercomputers to do alone—while allowing users to read out the results of quantum computation via their classical systems.
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