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Cloud security refers to a set of policies, controls, and technologies to protect data, applications, and infrastructure services. All of these components work together to help data, infrastructure, and applications stay secure. These security measures protect a cloud-computing environment against external and internal cybersecurity threats and vulnerabilities.
While businesses accelerate digital transformation (DX) initiatives, aggressively retool operations, and rethink entire business models with cloud services, this broad adoption is also creating new opportunities for cyber-criminals to conduct cyber fraud. As these organizations move quickly to digitally transform their operations, effective security controls are often an afterthought. Often, businesses refrain from proven best practices and make it difficult—if not impossible—to accurately assess and manage the risk. As businesses adapt to ongoing change and move aggressively to the cloud, disparate perspectives and agenda need to be unified into a cohesive strategy. Organizations who treat the journey to the cloud as an opportunity to proactively cultivate a culture of “security first” will have to balance between enabling the use of cloud services and protecting sensitive transactions and data.
Cloud security provides organizations with an approach to address security requirements and ensure organizations adhere to regulatory compliance requirements. Effective cloud security requires multiple layers of defense throughout the cloud technology stack comprised of:
Machine learning and artificial intelligence extend contextual awareness technologies across a cloud security portfolio. With cloud security, businesses have protection across IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS, extending security to the network, hardware, chip, operating system, storage, and application layers.
Today, enterprises are offered a wide range of cloud security tools to secure their environments when moving workloads and data to the cloud. However, some of these tools come with bespoke instructions and are offered as individual services. Cloud users and administrators are expected to know how cloud security services work, how to configure them correctly, and how to maintain their cloud deployments. While there’s no shortage of security options, they can be complicated to set up and it can be easy to make a mistake in one area. In addition, the incessant cycle of phishing, malware, increasing cyber fraud, and a range of misconfigured cloud services further stretch already challenged cybersecurity programs. This has resulted in organizations experiencing data breaches and resulting brand damage, recovery costs, and fines. Below are several important requirements for keeping cloud data secure:
As cloud adoption continues to accelerate as a result of digital transformation priorities, companies must anticipate and navigate the complexities of securing their cloud environments. It is essential to choose a cloud provider that designed security to be built-in automatically across the entire cloud stack (IaaS, PaaS, SaaS). Additional considerations in the future of cloud security include: