By Taradutt Pant | June 28, 2019
As the innovation in technology continues to rise, the demand for technology which quickly scales, integrates and delivers efficiency for businesses also increases. In recent years modern businesses are moving towards more flexible, powerful and reliable IT environments – and that’s where the cloud excels. According to IDG’s Enterprise Cloud Computing Survey, it is estimated that 70% of all organizations use the cloud for at least one application and its related data. Cloud has provided the organizations with great possibilities to grow, but at the same time, it brings great vulnerabilities and immense responsibilities for the organization to keep the data protected from all possible threats. With rising cybercrime across the globe, businesses are at continuous risk of exposing critical data on unsecured servers. Additionally, while migrating to cloud infrastructure customers face some challenges such as,
To create a robust cloud security strategy which can overcome the stated challenges an organization should account for their existing and future cloud computing needs; examining potential security risks; auditing existing security practices; analyzing gaps between current cloud security and determining SLAs from the existing cloud service provider.
The organizations need to select the right mix of cloud solutions and vendors which can offer maximum protection, prevent misconfigurations and enable cloud to stay agile and elastic. Some of the critical aspects of cloud security should include
In order to achieve long term business objectives organizations often prefer to choose a cloud solution provider (CSP). Organizations must factor the reliability and capability of a service provider that is entrusted with organization’s applications and data. It is equally important that organization should consider how security and compliance are managed by the cloud solution provider (CSP) enabling a safe computing solution. In addition, many organizations considering public cloud computing, “mistakenly assume that after moving to the cloud their role in securing their data shifts most security and compliance responsibilities to the CSP”. Here important factors need to be taken into consideration while moving to public cloud, understand how various cloud service models (IaaS, PaaS, SaaS) will affect the cost, ease of use, privacy, security, and compliance.