The organizations that move to the cloud are encountered with several options that confuse them, such as hybrid cloud, multi-cloud, microservices, digital transformation, and much more. The main element to keep in mind is that cloud data security should be an integral part of business-level strategy and discussion for successful cloud migration.
Some of the top hybrid cloud and multi-cloud factors include:
- • Establishing a cloud-ready security strategy
- • Limitation of experience and expertise in resources
- • Address compliance requirements need
- • Centralized visibility and threat management
- • Many new tools and technologies
- • Maintaining security policies across private/public scene
To have multiple issues at the same time can become difficult to address effectively. To save time and become more productive, you should begin with these basic concepts that will enhance the outcomes of your cloud security program.
A Defined Cloud Strategy
A well-defined strategy is the core of every successful cloud security program. This strategy involves the following criteria:
- • Setting a security baseline for cloud environments
- • Finding what and where the critical data is and who is accessing it
- • Establishing security, compliance, and industry requirements
- • Thinking the right set of controls to meet the requirements
- • Building a roadmap and a target for initiating the strategy
You may, at some point, consider whether the native security controls from your cloud service provider (CSP) are capable of managing security for your environment. CSPs have diverse sets of security controls in their cloud platforms. They have the power to put a limit on the number of third-party licenses you’re managing, provide flexible usage of certain services, ease of integration, and more.
However, a native security strategy raises some questions which need to be solved:
- • Do the native controls provide the right level of visibility to meet your requirements?
- • Which cloud-native controls are for you, hybrid cloud and multi-cloud environment?
- • Do you have the right resources to manage a new set of security technologies?
- • How do you plan, implement and configure these controls and integrate them into the rest of your security operations?
- • What do you do with new cloud security data and telemetry?
After deciding the native security controls that suit you best, you have to ensure that you have the architecture and policies in place to support your business. You should also have an impeccable governance layer that allows you to turn your cloud-native data and alerts into actionable, prioritized decision-making.
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Cloud Security Posture Management
The right configuration and continuous compliance of your cloud environments for your cloud cybersecurity program are important, but that can be complex to manage. Complicating your state is an inefficiency to get cloud context and correlation fast enough to help in detecting and responding to security issues.
Consider using cloud security stance management to address these complexities and achieve the following goals:
- • Oversee a real-time cloud asset inventory continuously for compliance, regulatory reporting, and auditing purposes
- • Prevent breaches through agile detection
- • Constantly strengthen your security and compliance
- • Put in security insights and automation for cloud anomalies
Cloud Workload and Container Security
Your application container environment can face many security complexity and visibility challenges, a limited testing time during rapid scaling and delivery, increased traffic, and threats of container compromise. The following phases of container environments are the main risks that can act as a threat:
- • Creation, testing, and accreditation of image
- • Record of image storage
- • Orchestrator for retrieval
- • Container for deployment
- • Host operating system for management
Fortunately, coverage exists to secure container workloads for a hybrid cloud and multi-cloud environment. After an in-depth assessment and strategy, you need to think about integration services, plan, and implementation along with ongoing management for all phases of your container lifecycle. When those capabilities are in place, you have the following security benefits for several container platforms:
- • Increased security posture on existing cloud container services
- • Managed security services across hybrid cloud environments
- • Help in achieving compliance mandates for container environments
- • Single framework to manage all security functionalities
The right cloud security strategy can help you reimagine and modernize your approach for hybrid cloud and multi-cloud security.
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