A top Oracle cloud exec says that its rivals are ‘doing it wrong’ with cybersecurity, as it launches a new set of tools to help it catch up with Amazon, Microsoft, and Google (ORCL, AMZN, GOOG, MSFT)

Oracle Executive Vice President Clay Magouyrk

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Oracle watched Amazon, Microsoft, and Google leave it behind in the race to build cloud computing infrastructure. Now the 43-year-old company is making up ground – by pouncing on what it sees as the missteps made by those market leaders.

“In cloud infrastructure, obviously we were the latest entrant, and started after other companies, but that means we can see where the industry is going and do a better job of getting there,” says Clay Magouyrk, executive vice president of Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, an architect of Oracle’s cloud strategy, and a direct report to CEO Larry Ellison.   

And the biggest mistake of all made by the frontrunners may have been complicating security controls that have led to huge data breaches, such as the Capital One data breach last year that exposed the data of 100 million people. In that case, a misconfigured security setting in the bank’s Amazon Web Services account allowed an attacker access to a critical server.

On Monday, Oracle is reaching what it calls a major milestone in simplifying cloud security by launching new tools that the company says are the first to automatically prevent mistakes that enterprises commonly make setting up cloud computing. The database and software giant says it is the first public cloud provider to help companies prevent misconfiguration errors with built-in features. 

The new features are Oracle Security Zones, which the company says prevents cloud security misconfiguration errors; and Oracle Cloud Guard, which the company says continuously monitors configurations and automatically addresses them. The company says it is “the only cloud service provider to offer a cloud security posture management dashboard at no additional cost.” The features, announced last year, are now available globally to all companies. 

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The Capital One breach reignited a discussion in the cloud industry on the culpability of a platform provider when a cyberattack strikes. The major cloud platforms largely leave it up to customers to secure their own infrastructure, but experts told Business Insider that there’s more that AWS and the others can do to save customers from themselves. 

Magouyrk says Oracle watched major breaches over the past several years being blamed on companies for setting up cloud computing controls wrong and came to a radically different approach:  “What if we said it’s not the customers fault?” Magouyrk says. “Maybe the cloud provider is doing it wrong.” 

‘Through 2025, 99% of cloud security failures will be the customer’s fault’

This flies in the face of how cloud security has looked at the issue. “Through 2025, 99% of cloud security failures will be the customer’s fault,” Gartner flatly declared in an influential October report.  

Gartner now says that if Oracle can back up its new products’ claims, that could be a competitive advantage. Analyst Jonathan Care says it would be a major feat for a cloud vendor to address the root cause of so much cybersecurity consternation at set-up. “It could well move the needle” in the cloud computing market to “have security built-in from the outset.” 

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Source:: Business Insider


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