There are now more digital businesses at the enterprise level than traditional organizations: 53% of enterprises had an active digital transformation strategy in October 2021, according to the latest International Data Corporation “FutureScape” report. This figure reflects an increase of 42% in just two years, so it’s logical to assume the total continues to grow.
The bad news is: All of these organizations are at risk from ransomware.
While digital transformation is driving modern business, it’s also fueling an uptick in cybercrime. There was a 105% year-over-year surge in ransomware in 2021, with over 600 million attacks reported across the globe. According to the “2022 Ransomware Trends Report” U.S. edition, 57% of datacenter servers, 59% of remote offices and 58% of cloud instances were impacted by ransomware in 2021, with 76% of all U.S.-based organizations experiencing at least one cyberattack.
At its re:Inforce security-focused conference, Amazon Web Services Inc. brings the world up to date with the latest cybersecurity news from its ecosystem of innovative cloud security startups and a wide partner ecosystem. The cloud giant hosts some of the most sensitive data in the world on its GovCloud, making it the only commercial cloud certified secure enough for top-secret workloads.
On July 26 and 27, theCUBE’s industry analysts John Furrier and Dave Vellante will be bringing SiliconANGLE’s livestreaming studio to AWS re:Inforce 2022 to talk with the industry’s top cybersecurity experts and discuss the current cybersecurity crisis and the latest advances in data security. (* Disclosure below.)
re:Inforce acts as a State of the Union address for security
AWS’ philosophy is to build security into the foundations of its cloud infrastructure and allow its partners to innovate on top.
“They’re saying to their ecosystems: ‘Look, build on top of AWS because we have the best security … we won’t try to compete with you if you use our stuff,’” said Furrier in an analysis during the first-ever re:Inforce in 2019.
It was a wise move; three pandemic years later and AWS nurtures a thriving ecosystem of security startups and innovative third-party solution providers, all available to AWS customers via the AWS Marketplace.
“Good governance with a consistent approach to the security of IT services, regardless of how they are delivered, is the best approach to the hybrid IT environment that most organizations now have,” stated Mike Small, senior analyst at KuppingerCole Analysts AG, in a report titled “Securing Your IaaS Cloud” One benefit of this approach is that it allows the organization using the IT services to focus on their business and the service providers to focus on delivering the required services, according to Small.
Other best practices Small recommends are also supported by AWS: shared responsibility between the client and the cloud service provider; a zero-trust approach to network security; consistent updates to eliminate known vulnerabilities; and making use of services, templates and tools provided with security services.
Crowdsource security advice from re:Inforce with theCUBE
Sharing security best practices is an important benefit of attending events such as AWS re:Inforce. As the diverse communities of security tool users and service providers, ethical hackers and security executives gather, information flows, use-case stories are told, and new ideas are sparked.
While advances in machine-learning are driving automated security solutions that scan systems and remediate potential weaknesses at supersonic speeds, it is important to temper the excitement. These same advances are also allowing criminals to create sophisticated ways of fooling humans into revealing log-in credentials and other sensitive information.
One example is the slightly spooky deep-fake voice technology demonstrated during the recent Amazon re:MARS event.
“Security experts and AI ethics experts have long questioned the emergence and role of AI audio deep fakes. Although its use is somewhat rare in scam calls currently, the technology could have wide-ranging concerns if it were released as part of consumer-grade technology,” according to SiliconANGLE’s Kyt Dotson.
However, technological innovation has always been a double-edged sword. And with the security industry undergoing a “tectonic shift,” keeping on top of the latest trends and evaluating their positive and negative uses is essential. Another reason for staying up to date is to inform wise purchase decisions. Security is the top initiative priority for information technology companies. But it is a crowded market, and security chief information security officers have to be wary of throwing resources at too many point solutions that can’t be stitched together into a cohesive whole.
With hundreds of companies representing a wide cross-section of the security market expected to present at AWS re:Inforce on June 26 to 27, theCUBE’s analysts will be hearing first-hand news about enterprise computing advances in security, compliance, identity and privacy. Plus, there will certainly be news from AWS, which has been hinting about new initiatives and solutions for enterprise computing security in the lead-up to the show.
TheCUBE event livestream
How to watch theCUBE interviews
We offer you various ways to watch theCUBE’s coverage of the AWS re:Inforce event, including theCUBE’s dedicated website and YouTube channel. You can also get all the coverage from this year’s events on SiliconANGLE.
TheCUBE Insights podcast
TheCUBE will interview expert guests during the AWS re:Inforce event, including Steve Mullaney, president and chief executive officer of Aviatrix; Amit Shaked, co-founder and CEO of Laminar; David Hatfield, co-CEO of Lacework; Shreyans Mehta, founder and chief technology officer of Cequence Security; Dan Woods, global head of intelligence at F5; and Sean Ryan, senior principal Technical product marketing manager at HackerOne, as well as many others.
(* Disclosure: TheCUBE is a paid media partner for the AWS re:Inforce event. Neither Amazon Web Services Inc., the sponsor of theCUBE’s event coverage, nor other sponsors have editorial control over content on theCUBE or SiliconANGLE.)