Cloud technologies such as Hosted Virtual Desktops or Hosted Workspaces are continuously reshaping the post pandemic world. As the adoption and influence of cloud powered services increases, so does the accompanying threat surface.
Due to the increasing adoption of cloud platforms to support remote employees, cyber miscreants are also turning their heads towards this whole new “opportunity”. However, with the correct use of security protocols and solutions, you can remain secure.
Shared Responsibility Model
Before we delve deeper into cloud security, we must understand the “shared responsibility model” in true letter and spirit. As per this model, cloud security is managed by both the Cloud Service Provider (CSP) and cloud tenant, albeit in different ways.
In most instances, it is not the cloud provider’s security that is prone to threats, rather it’s the cloud user instead. So, there should be a clear understanding and allocation of security responsibilities in public cloud environments.
Identity and Access Management (IAM) Solutions
As the scale and scope of cloud deployments increases, so does the need to manage the whole environment in a structured way. A very critical part of this objective is to introduce an effective IAM solution to the mix.
No access to data whatsoever should be granted unless the identity of each user has been established. The latest identity management solutions do not rely solely on static attributes such as passwords, but also use dynamic features such as One Time Passwords (OTP).
The other critical component of cloud security is access management. This mechanism lays down crystal clear ground rules as to who, why, when and how will get access to enterprise data. It goes without saying that this aspect should be purely on a need basis.
Gone are the days of giving unaudited and unhindered data access to people who even don’t need that data to further organizational objectives and goals. Another key aspect is to “containerize” your data based on departments or functional areas and then give access.
That way, you will be able to regulate data in the cloud from a whole new perspective. There is also an indirect benefit of this approach, and that’s protection of your invaluable intellectual property from prying eyes and internal sabotage.
Automate Cloud Security
In addition to legacy security solutions, you also need to automate cloud security. Present day threat vectors are so elusive and multi dimensional that traditional cyber security tools just lack the capacity to provide the desired level of protection.
Cloud security is a constantly evolving domain and in order to safeguard your valuable digital assets, you need to view cloud security in a whole new light as outlined in this post. By doing so, your enterprise will be much better equipped to counter cyber threats.
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