Cloud security is a pressing challenge for many organizations. While there are clear business incentives for moving applications and workloads into the cloud, there are also serious risks that companies must manage when doing so. For this reason, many companies are beginning to place a higher priority on ensuring proper cloud security when evaluating cloud vendors, using or developing cloud software or infrastructure, and implementing the processes and policies that keep critical business data safe.
In this blog post, we will highlight seven tips for shoring up your cloud security in the new year:
1. Treat cloud infrastructure differently
Cloud infrastructure isn’t the same as an on-premises data center. Differences in the cloud include:
Far more people can deploy cloud infrastructure and do so with minimal oversight
Comprehensive guardrails are needed to ensure assets aren’t misconfigured
The environment is constantly changing as assets get spun up and deprecated
A big advantage of cloud infrastructure is it allows your teams to work more efficiently. Security teams need to embrace new ways of working that allow them to keep up with their engineering teams. Bringing on-premises processes and technology to cloud infrastructure won’t just slow down your developers—they’ll also prevent you from effectively managing risk in the dynamic world of cloud infrastructure.
2. Start with a security baseline for your cloud environments
Any organization using cloud infrastructure should take the time to create a security baseline for their cloud environment that specifies what the cloud network should look like from a security perspective. The objective is to make sure everyone (security, IT, engineering, DevOps, etc.) is aligned on what needs to be done to keep the network secure on ..