Numerous reports from cybersecurity specialists confirm the need to protect business infrastructures and systems in the face of an increasingly complex threat scenario. In order not to get lost in a marabout of figures and statistics, let's keep a few: worldwide, cybercrime causes losses to businesses of more than $1 trillion a year, compared to $600 billion in 2018, and this amount could rise to $10.5 trillion by 2025.
The cost often leads to damage to the brand's reputation and, as a result, customer confidence is also damaged. Due to this high price that a data breach or a failure in the availability of services can have, it is not surprising that cyber security is one of the priorities of the IT teams during the year that has just begun, after a 2020 in which both the volume and the severity of attacks have increased.
IT systems are now more vulnerable following the outbreak of the coronavirus
The cybercrime has not stopped its activity because of the global crisis, but has adapted quickly to the circumstances to take advantage of the new opportunities. Thus, the various reports confirm that all types of attacks have increased (phishing and social engineering, ransomware, financial malware, phishing, etc.). All of them were already on the rise, but they have been able to be more effective by taking advantage of the situation and interest generated by the pandemic.
From a strictly business point of view, organisations have seen their perimeter extended with a large part of their staff working remotely, which has the direct consequence of increasing the area of attack and, in parallel, the digital transformation has accelerated, which has its great enabler in cloud deployments.
The cloud is becoming the standard for gaining flexibility, scalability, cost control and agility, and with more workloads and data in this model, it is clearly necessary to articulate a cyber-protection strategy that includes security measures and data governance, as well as ensuring regulatory compliance.
Linke's vision of cybersecurity
In Linke's cloud trend forecasts for 2021, our specialists emphasise that this year will see a general increase in demand for cloud infrastructure and, in line with this, there will also be a strong increase in the consumption of all technological services from the cloud in order to achieve greater scalability, flexibility and speed in the delivery times of digital services to the organisation.
In this scenario in which "everything is cloud", companies cannot afford security failures. This is why it is going to become a business decision if the corporate security position is not to be weakened at a critical time.
From Linke's perspective, companies and their IT partners must join forces to avoid errors that could lead to misconfiguration or unauthorised access, which are currently the main threats identified by companies.
In addition, the current situation requires more attention to this issue with a strong industry response, through alliances and training initiatives, which close possible doors to cybercrime.
The keys to protecting data in the cloud, from AWS, SAP and Linke
In this context, over the coming months we will be placing particular emphasis on helping our customers to protect their workloads in the cloud through various initiatives. One of these will be the webinar "How to secure your SAP data on AWS?", which will take place on January 27th.
The three organisations, who have been working together for over a decade to help companies migrate their SAP systems to the cloud, will present how to successfully address data security. The session will look at the cybersecurity and compliance challenges that organisations face, and discuss the cybersecurity solutions and services that both AWS and SAP have to monitor vulnerabilities and identify unusual intrusions or behaviour patterns at both the IT infrastructure and application layers, and be able to react.
We will also review new solutions designed to ensure data sovereignty and maintain control of encryption keys, adapting to different security regulations.
The third topic will be how to generate synergies between AWS services and SAP solutions to optimise a business cyber defence strategy and already ensure both data protection and regulatory compliance, using for example AWS services to detect sensitive data and Linke's AWS Connector for SAP solution to automate data classification with SAP.
Without cybersecurity it is impossible to articulate any cloud or digital transformation strategy for your business. If you are interested in securing your data and workloads in the cloud, book your place to attend the webinar.