Technology is ever advancing and so are the cyber threats. Therefore, security is so important to your business and its system of operations. It’s vital to stay up to date with top-notch security systems to prepare and prevent your business system from falling victim to these threats. Google is attacking these threats from the roots with its newly announced Cloud IDS security solution.
1. Cybersecurity is a Top Priority
In an announcement today at their Security Summit, Google Cloud Security Vice President and General Manager, Sunil Potti shared their “vision for invisible security.” They have developed the Cloud Intrusion Detection System and other security solutions. Rather than developing another product that fixes problems caused by security products, Google built Cloud IDS to defend the Cloud from the initial causes of the issues themselves.
Cybersecurity threats come in different forms. Malware, phishing, and ransomware are a few examples. In a 2021 report on “Alarming Cybersecurity Statistics,” researchings found that cyber criminals acting faster than ever. On average, there are over 100,000 malicious websites and over 10,000 files daily worldwide. As of January 2021, Google registered over 2 million phishing sites. This is a 1.7 million increase within a 12 month period.
According to a piece by VentureBeat, there were significantly more data breaches in 2020 than there had been in the past 15 years total. In addition to this, they reported research by Tripwire that 21% of interviewed experts believe that cloud companies are not doing enough to protect users. Other experts said that public cloud security is “just barely adequate.”
Chief Security Officer at BBVA, Alvaro Garrido, commented on their valued partnership with Google and importance of security. In Google’s announcement, he shared that, “The partnership with Google comprises four main areas: Data and Technology, Digital Marketing, Customer Financial Services, and Sustainability.” These areas are vital for businesses to consider and keep secure. Garrido also emphasized that with the size of the company, Google “has to be at the forefront of cybersecurity.”
2. Google’s Security Solution Efforts
Potti broke down the cloud-native defense goals in the announcement. They have engineered the security technologies within the cloud. It’s designed within the system where it will be used. The niche security talent is to be democratized. Finally, siloed security operations will be non-existent.
When developing these security solutions, Google took into consideration the various threats they needed to fully protect against. They referenced OWASP’s Top 10 Web Application Security Risks to determine the vulnerabilities customers would face.
3. Cloud IDS
Cloud IDS is a service that has been designed to detect intrusions and threats. This security solution hosts multiple integrations and an automatic security operation. Not only does it detect intrusions, but it also detects malware, spyware, and command-and-control attacks on your networks. This service was created with the threat detection technologies through their partnership with Palo Alto Networks. These technologies allow Cloud IDS to be highly effective. They giving Cloud IDS the ability to efficiently detect malicious activity with low rates of false positive detection.
Google made Cloud IDS user-friendly with Palo Alto tools inserted into the Cloud. This includes scaling, availability, and threat detection updates. With detection alerts, businesses and other users can take advantage of this security solution. For instance, they can take remediation action based on those detection alerts.
4. Integrating Chronicle, Looker, and BigQuery
Not only did Google announce Cloud IDS, but they also made an announcement about other expansions. They shared about the integration of their own cloud-native security analytics platform, Chronicle, as well as other analytics platforms, Looker and BigQuery. The integration of these platforms will aid in reporting, compliance, data exploration, visual security workflows, security-driven data science, and more. They will be able to view their Looker-driven dashboards in five cataegories. This includes Chronicle security overview, data ingestion and health, IOC matches, rule detections, and user sign-in data.
The goal here is to “democratize using a tool like Chronicle” and “make things simple, so that a security analyst doesn’t need to have a PhD, work at the NSA, or so forth,” according to Potti.
5. Autonomic Security Operations
Another addition to their security solution announcement is their Autonomic Security Operations. This enables customers to take advantage of Google’s technology stack by combining products, integrations, blueprints, technical content, and an accelerator program.
In 2020, The FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center received 791,790 cybercrime complaints and losses exceeding UD$4.1 billion.
Many cybersecurity attacks are successful due to the exploitable vulnerabilities, especially malware. The new Cloud IDS security solution by Google offers businesses and other users to stay protected and alerted in their cloud network. More information about Google’s Cloud IDS (Intrusion Detection System), can be found here: cloud.google.com/ids