Read the related ESG Blog: Three Expected Security Themes at AWS re:Invent 2018
As a cybersecurity analyst, I'm guilty of often looking for cybersecurity to have a leading role in the keynote at major industry events. So when I look forward to AWS re:Invent 2018, on the one hand, I sort of look for security to be front and center, but I don't expect it to be as much as it has been in years past.
Why is that? Because most organizations today are much more comfortable with the security posture of public cloud environments. And so while Amazon and their partners will no doubt make compelling announcements next week, I don't necessarily expect for security to be front and center during Andy Jassy's keynote, for example. Now with that said, there's still a readiness gap, that is, the degree to which organizations are adopting cloud services is still well ahead of their ability to secure that adoption.
So as organizations look to retool how they secure the public cloud part of their hybrid cloud environment, there are some important things that I hope and expect to hear at AWS re:Invent this year. The first one is really around serverless security or API security, along of course with container security. We're going to be in a mode of application development where we're still going to have bare-metal servers, we're going to have VMs, we're going to have containers, and increasingly we're going to be leveraging serverless or Function as a Service, such as Lambda.
Organizations will need security controls that go all the way up the stack for runtime security for these cloud data applications. Secondly, as organizations do deploy more infrastructure into public cloud environments, their operations center will need visibility into that cloud resident infrastructure. So I do expect to see more discussion at re:Invent this year around SecOps, specifically, cloud SecOps.
And related to that is security analytics and the ability to leverage the cloud as a delivery mechanism for cloud-scale analytics. There are always a flurry of announcements at AWS re:Invent. I think these are three of the topical areas that I look for there to be some news and action over the course of the event this year. re:Invent falls right after Thanksgiving.
I wish everybody a happy Thanksgiving and look forward to seeing you at the event.