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Cloud adoption has changed the IT landscape and major cloud platform providers recognise the security of their platform is core to earning trust with customers, according to a new report from one global security firm.

Security company FireEye says in its report - The Road Ahead: Cyber Security in 2020 and Beyond - that increasing use of the cloud continues to change security, and cloud adoption has "fundamentally changed" the IT landscape.

“Cloud adoption has fundamentally changed the IT landscape and will continue to do so as we move into 2020. While this may sound obvious, the reality is that it impacts what we do as security professionals in fundamental ways that are not always obvious,” says Steven Booth, Chief Security Officer in the 2020 predictions report.

“We no longer manage many of our core infrastructures, applications or even services, and as customers of cloud providers we need to understand the contract terms that delineate and isolate the platform vendors’ responsibilities versus those of their customers.”

“From FireEye’s observations, the major cloud platform providers recognise the security of their platform is core to earning trust with customers.

“FireEye has seen significant investments in security since the beginning, and today it’s seeing cloud vendors add even more security capabilities, especially as customers embrace multicloud architectures,” says Booth.

According to FireEye, apart from ensuring the service availability levels, capabilities and utility of their service, nearly all other responsibilities fall on the organisations that use those services - and customers need to ensure they operate the cloud in a way that maintains their own security requirements.

In other 2020 predictions, FireEye notes:

  • China’s Belt and Road Initiative: China's Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) will drive espionage throughout multiple regions. The BRI is a large-scale project to develop China's trade and influence and FireEye has seen Chinese espionage activity evolve to be more deliberate and covert, amidst a restructuring of the country's intelligence apparatus.
  • Geopolitical tensions driving espionage and disruptive threats: Geopolitical tensions are often a significant driver of intrusions and disruptive attacks. Currently, FireEye is seeing Western tensions with Iran accelerate the tempo of Iranian cyber operations, and it anticipates this issue to continue if tensions persist.

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