Securing the Cloud


Security issues like data loss, confidentiality, or the unintentional disclosure of credentials are more crucial than ever when businesses move their workloads to the cloud. Cyber threats have grown in quantity and variety over the past few years, making security solutions vital for maintaining business continuity.

Better cloud security solutions are required due to the recent significant development in cloud adoption. The market for cloud security software was estimated to be worth 29.5 billion dollars in 2020. By 2026, it's projected to grow to over 37 billion dollars.

Because of this, companies offering managed security services frequently work with suppliers of security solutions to create more refined products that meet the demands of their clients.

Learn more about cloud security, the virtual cloud environments for which it is necessary, their significance, and their main advantages.


Cloud Security: An Overview

Cloud security, often called cloud computing security, is a group of security controls intended to safeguard data, programs, and infrastructure hosted in the cloud.

Cloud security helps protect your data, applications, and systems from attacks while they are stored in the cloud or when they are being accessed from somewhere else. Cloud security also helps protect your data from being stolen if someone were to steal your laptop or mobile device and try to access your data through it.


Cloud Security Categories

The following categories make up the foundation of cloud security:

  • Data protection

  • Identification and access control (IAM)

  • Governance (policies on threat prevention, detection, and mitigation)

  • Planning for data retention (DR) and business continuity (BC)

  • Legal observance

While cloud security may, at first glance, resemble conventional IT security, this framework calls for a different strategy. Let's first take a closer look at cloud security before going further.


Principal Cloud Computing Security Considerations

  • Transmitting & Receiving Data: You need to be sure that your data can't be intercepted in transit or tampered with by unauthorized sources. This means using encryption technologies like TLS (Transport Layer Security) or SSL (Secure Sockets Layer).

  • Scalability Cuts Both Ways: Scalability is one of the major benefits of cloud computing — but it also makes it easier for hackers to compromise your network. You need to make sure you have controls to monitor traffic flow and detect any abnormal activity.

  • Insider Threats – Privileges: Insider threats typically take the longest to identify and eliminate and have the greatest potential for harm. A solid identity, access management framework, and efficient privilege management technologies are crucial to stop these dangers.

  • Lack of Control: When a company leases a public cloud service, it does not own the hardware, software, or applications that the cloud service is running on. Make sure you comprehend how the cloud vendor plans to handle these assets.

  • Lack of Visibility & Shadow IT: Anyone can easily subscribe to a SaaS application using cloud computing and create new instances and environments. Users should follow strict acceptable usage regulations when requesting approval for, subscribing to, or establishing recent examples of cloud services.

The Wrap

Cloud security solutions, thorough security policies, and a security-conscious organizational culture contribute to high-quality cloud data security.

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