Oracle has recently introduced two security tools that will be integrated with its cloud infrastructure. The two new services — Oracle Cloud Guard and Maximum Security Zones — are aimed at bringing more automation to cloud technology in order to minimize human-error related security issues and simplify cloud security management. Both the new security tools will be integrated with the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure and will be available to customers at no extra charge.
As more and more businesses around the world adopt cloud computing, the need for stringent security for the infrastructure becomes even more pronounced. As per Gartner’s prediction, “through 2025, 99 percent of cloud security failures will be the customer’s fault.” In fact, Oracle even quotes Gartner’s research to state, “the increase in cloud adoption has created new security ‘blind spots’ that have contributed to more than 200 breaches over the past two years, exposing more than 30 billion records.”
This is where the two latest offerings from Oracle come in, as they aim to help users ramp up cloud security right from day one.
Clay Magouyrk, the executive vice president of Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, spoke about the two new features and stated, “security has been a critical design consideration across Oracle Cloud for years. We believe security should be foundational and built in, and customers shouldn’t be forced to make tradeoffs between security and cost. With Oracle Cloud Guard and Oracle Maximum Security Zones’ security automation and embedded expertise, customers can feel confident running their business-critical workloads on Oracle Cloud.”
Talking about Oracle Cloud Guard first, it is now available across all Oracle Cloud commercial regions. Cloud Guard comes built-in the Oracle Cloud console. It works round the clock to automatically detect and work on any threats in all of Oracle Cloud Infrastructure services. It is also integrated with all major services — networking, storage, and configurations. Cloud Guard also helps in taking stock of the overall security status of Oracle’s SaaS or cloud database services.
Maximum Security Zone provides pre-configured strict security policies, which cannot be altered, and makes sure that customers’ data stays safe. Currently, the strict policies aim to protect the organization from any security breach due to misconfiguration or similar mishaps during the cloud configuration process. Oracle also plans to bring out other iterations of the Security Zones tool, with varying levels of strictness for security policies. Maximum Security Zone policies cover various Oracle Cloud Infrastructure services such as Object Storage, Networking, Encryption, DBaaS, and File Storage.
Lastly, the introduction of these two services is in line with Oracle’s vision of its security centered second-gen public cloud. Jay Bretzmann, the program director at IDC cybersecurity research, spoke about the importance of security-centric cloud configuration, “as workloads transition to the cloud, organizations are looking for a supplier where security technology is designed-in throughout the complete hardware/software stack. Oracle’s new cloud security services will help automate and simplify the management of increasingly critical applications with painfully stringent security and compliance requirements that, until lately, few imagined would ever migrate off premises.”