What Happens When Cloud Computing Embraces Evolving Antivirus Brands As Security Models?
Three areas of cloud computing are the crisis points of security breaches. Were it not for Software as a Service (SaaS) programs, there would be no malware. Similarly, but for the openings in the server connections in a network or Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), cases of mistrust between proxies would never be an issue. Lastly, were it not for the break in the wall of Platform as a Service (PaaS) as the development platform where hackers can find a field day, there wouldn’t be any security concerns for the cloud community.
Still, the evolving nature of traditional antivirus giants may one day become the saving grace against hardware and cyber crimes that center on mistrust. Though antivirus is like a physical injection, it still qualifies as an all-embracing technology that has legal implications. For example, McAfee, one of the biggest antivirus providers has migrated into the cloud with the aim to certify server networks and a collection of IP sites in a certain domain with particular security details. If the cloud computing providers breach these enforcements, they stand to lose their support by the antivirus companies while their clients may learn that their data stays unguarded.
There are many things that can happen when companies that were purely anti-malware evangelists a few years ago join in the frontline of cloud security. The advent of external monitoring, where the antivirus tool has mandate not on a single PC, but thousands, will keep the security certificates in par with a certain standard. Indeed, it is like bringing the IT department into the cloud—here, any breach will not find a ready culprit in the person of a technician, but in a remote tool that has failed to diagnose a security issue. Perhaps a possible oversight is what has prompted antivirus giants to request network kingpins and server hosts to divulge on ISP certificates and other details of safety installations to help perpetuate collective intelligence.
Talking about intelligence related to the rest of the networks in the cloud, the future technology against malware will be minimalist. It will not occupy intimidating space on the CPU like it does now. In fact, issues of setting up a program will no longer be attended by third-party assertions that the installation can only happen when an accessory virus technology is also a part of the download. In other words, the good side of this evolving technology is that it will lighten up hard disk space when working on the desktop, surfing the Internet, or tapping SaaS data because the facilitation will be ingrained in the cloud.
Finally, network intelligence will also help alleviate cloud security emergencies because the antivirus tools will be able to detect instantly the presence of a bug through analytical and networking means. It will quickly use existing resources to trace the source. Who knows, it might even penalize the infrastructure service from which the malware emerges. Right now, it is difficult to trace the path of a bug along the access-intermediary-core layers other than knowing that it comes from a certain link to a customer’s PC. Collective intelligence will help open up new horizons in the cloud that can map the career of a virus.
In short, debugging in the cloud may not be just that of customers relying on the service providers to safeguard their data. Rather, an evolving antivirus might help shield end users from frequent hardware attacks from unknown sources. It will use remote monitoring and will certify major networks that serve data users in their security mandates.
By John Omwamba