We at Imperva are gearing up for the inaugural AWS re:Inforce event on June 25th and 26th in Boston, Massachusetts, where technical leaders will converge for security, identity, and compliance learning and community building. Imperva experts will be on hand this week in booth 827 on the exhibit floor to meet with our valued customers and those new to Imperva to proudly discuss and showcase the latest advancements to our industry-leading application and data security solutions.
Imperva, an Amazon security partner, helps AWS customers gain visibility into and manage risks for their AWS-hosted assets by protecting AWS workload APIs, applications, and databases. We have both SaaS offerings and IaaS offerings that ensure application availability, data security, and compliance. We’re also continuously adding to our industry-leading solution suite to align industry trends and the needs of our customers.
At the upcoming AWS re:Inforce event, we are extremely excited to unveil our latest offering — Imperva Cloud Data Security.
Cloud Data Security empowers security teams with easy-to-deploy, best-in-class SaaS tools that provide real-time visibility and oversight of your cloud data hosted in public cloud environments such as Amazon RDS. With automated discovery, classification, monitoring and security insights, Cloud Data Security helps you make important data security decisions, and supports data privacy and protection compliance.
The Cloud Movement and Growth of DBaaS
Why are we introducing Cloud Data Security now? Simply put, to help organizations continue to innovate and transform digitally, while alleviating concerns as they move their data to the cloud.
Global investment in cloud services and infrastructure is huge and growing fast — estimated at $210 billion a year now, and growing at a projected compound annual growth rate average of 22.5% annually over the next five years, according to the IDC. That investment includes DBaaS, which many companies see as a lower-cost, more flexible and scalable way to capture, store, and use the explosion of data from many sources that are driving digital innovation today. That includes the real-time data from smart devices, aka the Internet of Things. By 2025, IDC predicts that 49 percent of all data will be stored in public clouds.
With data increasingly recognized as an enterprise’s most valuable asset, it’s no surprise that some enterprises have reservations about porting their crown jewels to the cloud. They may be taking a staged approach, or keeping legacy data on-premises and using the cloud for new workloads. And they’re right to be thinking ahead. There are real security, privacy, and compliance risks around cloud databases that must be acknowledged and effectively managed to prevent breaches and avoid innocent or malicious exposure.
It is also important to note that while prevailing shared responsibility models dictate that cloud providers and customers are both accountable for security, in actuality the security and financial risks fall mostly upon the enterprise. According to Gartner, up to 95% of cloud security failures by 2022 will be “the customers fault.” The cloud may lighten IT’s work in many ways, but security is not one of them.
What Security Experts said about DBaaS Adoption
To make Cloud Data Security the best service it can be, we did extensive research with security professionals. This included a detailed survey of 161 technical attendees at the most recent AWS re:Invent conference.* See the findings in our infographic (click on it to view the entire graphic), or read on to learn more:
We discovered that 86 percent of companies are already utilizing a cloud database or DBaaS. Further, when selecting a cloud solution, 36 percent of respondents considered data security to be the most critical factor in their decision-making process, followed by scalability (23 percent), price (21 percent), and ease of development and deployment (13 percent).
Over half (58 percent) of respondents reported they had more faith in the security protocols of their on-premises database than in their cloud database. This isn’t surprising. You’re putting your trust in the cloud service provider to properly manage the database and ensure appropriate controls are enabled. And only 51 percent of respondents were confident that their cloud databases adhere to security best practices.
Data leakage was another concern. Twenty-nine percent of respondents reported they were most worried about data leakage from privileged users with potentially unrestricted access to critical systems and data. Besides privileged users who inadvertently or maliciously impact the database, they can be compromised by malware and attackers.
Supporting DBaaS Visibility and Oversight — Imperva Cloud Data Security
In response to these security concerns, and our desire to enable customers to confidently innovate by adopting cloud databases, we created our Cloud Data Security service.
Companies looking to stay competitive can’t afford to ignore the cloud, but they can’t move data there without maintaining visibility and security, either. Imperva Cloud Data Security tackles this challenge for customers, so they don’t need to sacrifice protection for innovation, or vice-versa.
In simple terms, Imperva Cloud Data Security helps organizations:
- Understand where their data is – both in their cloud databases, and on-premises
- Deliver consistent data mapping — What’s sensitive? How is it classified against the core regulatory frameworks? How is it transformed and by whom? etc.
- Drive insights into how users are interacting with, copying, and moving the data
- Automate analytics and security insights for security teams along with data interactions using machine Learning and anomaly detection
- Allow developers to focus on what’s most important — innovation — in the cloud, with greater confidence
The end result? Visibility and effective monitoring of your cloud data, with insights that highlight areas of concern and help you make decisions quicker. With awareness, clarity, and oversight of your cloud data in place, you are on the right path to effectively mitigate the risk of accidental or malicious data breach events – whether by innocent insiders or malicious attackers.
Your No-Obligation Trial Opportunity
In introducing the new service, we’re providing qualified organizations — specifically those using the Amazon RDS DBaaS — a limited time opportunity to test-drive Imperva Cloud Data Security for free.
If you are at AWS re:Inforce, please drop by the Imperva booth 827 to chat with our experts and see Cloud Data Security in action. They can also answer your questions about the no-obligation public preview of Cloud Data Security, and help you get up and running with your free trial.
If we don’t see you in Boston, no worries — we would be happy to set up a customized demo session, answer any questions, and sign you up!
Simply follow this link for more information, to complete the registration form, and to schedule a meeting.