Security Data with Multicloud Environment
The multicloud environment is becoming the standard for businesses, with 93% of companies using this approach, according to the Flexera 2020 State of the Cloud Report. Public cloud services used in the multicloud strategy are gaining popularity, with Gartner predicting revenues to reach more than $266 billion by 2020.
“The adoption of next-generation solutions is almost always cloud-enhanced solutions, meaning they build on the strengths of a cloud platform to deliver digital business functions,” said Gartner Research Vice President Sid Nag in an official statement last year.
With every next-generation solution comes next-generation security challenges. However, cloud deployment does not always have a security-centric approach. Multicloud environments require multiple public cloud services, so it is all the more necessary to bring security forward.
Eight out of ten companies use public clouds for sensitive data, yet 52% of these companies have suffered a data breach. A multicloud approach offers many benefits, including efficiency and cost savings, but still presents some security date challenges, so you need to understand your risks to get the most out of your multicloud strategy.
Here are six safety challenges you can face in a multicultural environment, and tips to improve your best safety practices.
1. Rely on the provider when handling security
Cloud providers have security date measures in place to protect their infrastructure, yet companies often believe that security encompasses their data and applications. Security is a shared responsibility between vendor and customer, with even more responsibility going to the customer with a platform as Service PaaS or infrastructure as Service IaaS. Learn exactly what protects the vendor’s security and work with them to find the right security tools to protect your data and applications.
2. Compliance with Compliance Regulations
Most companies are required to comply with data protection regulations, industry standards, and state and federal laws. Whenever sensitive data is stored in a public cloud, there is a risk that it will not be complied with. Keep sensitive data on servers that come closest to internal control in order to be compliant.
3. Access control
Too many employees have access to cloud data and applications that have nothing to do with their work. This opens up the cloud to abuse and cyber threats. Information technology IT teams should enforce stricter controls and use IAM identity and access management tools to monitor authorisations.
Multicloud environments can span dozens of platforms, but do you have insight into your entire environment? If you don’t have a high level of visibility through your network monitoring program, open the door to threat actors eager to exploit a huge unguarded attack interface. Consider the use of tools such as security orchestration, automation and SOAR response time to improve the response to incidents or security information and event management SIEM. This will help gather real-time information across the entire environment, including log management and incident notification.
5. Vulnerability management
Applications and software have vulnerabilities, which require frequent testing to find them. Threat information software, regularly scheduled penetration tests, and software scans improve vulnerability management. Think of vulnerability management as a door lock to prevent bad actors from gaining easy access to your environment.
6. Historical data protection
Many cloud security tools focus on the use of real-time data, but not on historical data stored deep in archives. Privacy laws may not comply with new compliance rules or be properly labeled, making them more vulnerable to attacks. Best security date practices for historical data include improved data classification to identify different sensitivities and develop policies to prevent data loss in order to have an action plan in case of a data breach. Be sure that DLP tools are customizable, as default templates may not meet your needs.
Multicloud environments present unique challenges to security decision makers. This is why best security practices must be used to keep data safe from cybercriminals.