Three Cloud Security Essentials — Visibility, Control and Compliance

Cloud security threats continue to strike business organizations from all angles although cloud computing has evolved well past the industry hype and entered maturity. Business organizations need advanced capabilities to disrupt the prevalent security threats from sophisticated attack vectors and safeguard mission-critical data and apps in the cloud. Profound visibility, complete control and comprehensive compliance of cloud-driven IT operations allow business organizations to maximize the cloud technology potential without compromising security.

You Can’t Protect What You Can’t See

The elastic, decentralized, automated, siloed, distributed and on-demand nature of cloud infrastructure prevents organizations from achieving thorough visibility into cloud-based IT processes. Many high-profile security breaches stem from vulnerable network endpoints that are not adequately monitored.

Situational awareness is critical for managing cloud security risks. Real-time understanding of all activities associated with internal IT and external cloud networks, data and apps allows organizations to identify and intercept suspicious activities proactively. The complexity of cloud network environments prevents organizations from re-configuring or replacing compromised endpoints fast enough in event of a security infringement. An automated approach to isolate threats and redirect data traffic through secure channels requires extensive visibility and context into application usage in cloud environments. Analyzing detailed logs and audit trails yields hidden insights that help predict cloud security breaches, service outages and data leaks.

Retain Control of Security in the Cloud

The paradigm shift of cloud computing displaces the traditional model of on-site IT service delivery that offers full control and visibility into IT operations, apps and data. Moving workloads to the cloud essentially requires organizations to relinquish some control to cloud vendors. However, organizations don’t have to surrender their right to enforce enterprise security policies in exchange of economic benefits or technology innovation. The ability to implement role-based access controls, configure advanced network settings and guide network traffic through secure channels is critical to preventing unauthorized access, minimizing network infringements and responding to security threats proactively.

In the wake of rising cyber crime threats, business organizations cannot rely on cloud vendors as the only layer of security to ward off sophisticated cyber-attacks. While visibility only provides information on the cloud security outlook, control allows organizations to exercise independent means to mitigate security threats.

Compliance Sets Cloud Security Standards

Business organizations handling sensitive customer data are responsible for maintaining high standards of data security. Migrating workloads to the cloud intensifies this security concern when organizations are not fully aware of the cyber defense capabilities of cloud vendors. In the present digital age when consumers are bound to store personally identifiable information in the cloud, vendors are required to establish industry standard security defense capabilities in compliance with government regulations. Cybersecurity compliance generally represents the absolute minimum standards required to defend against persistent cloud security threats. This doesn’t suggest compliance isn’t important because even the best security efforts do not guarantee 100 percent security. Instead, compliance certifications prove that cloud vendors are inclined toward meeting high security standards.

Cloud migration is inevitable for progressive organizations pursuing technology innovation to generate unprecedented new revenue streams while maximizing customer satisfaction and improving brand reputation. Business organizations can achieve these goals by ensuring high standards of visibility and control into IT operations within security compliant cloud environments.

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