How to secure your Cloud environment?
According to the RightScale State of the Cloud Report, 96% of organizations already opted for the Cloud. Their main drivers for considering cloud-based solutions are:
- Faster time to deployment
- Cost savings
77% of those cloud users still worry about its security. It is essential to keep in mind that the Cloud provider is only responsible for the security of the underlying platform. Your organization needs to take care of the data, and the identities that have access to your SaaS applications. Here are some tips:
Identity is the new perimeter
The clear majority of cloud breaches (81%) involves weak or stolen passwords or the misuse of credentials. It is therefore crucial to have a proper Identity and Access Strategy that relies on multifactor authentication. The user experience is important too. Single-sign-on is an easy tool that will enhance your sign-in process. A proper security awareness training of your employees is necessary too. End Users can be the weakest link.
Know and classify your data
What types of data do you have? Where does it reside and how sensitive is your data? You need to know which data and which applications are in use. There might be more going on than you think. Shadow IT is a widespread problem in companies. Risky and unwanted applications should be identified by means of a proxy or next-generation firewall filtering.
Establish a control plane
Cloud Access Security Brokers (CASB) can help you enforce coherent security policies. You must impose control on cloud-level, at the gateway, and on endpoint level. These policy-based controls are essential to prevent data leakage.
Furthermore, central administration for provisioning and decommissioning of users is very advantageous. When an employee leaves the company for example, you can easily decommission all his/her user accounts.
Monitor your cloud for anomalies
Knowing who is accessing which applications is important. But it is equally important to understand what the users are doing with that data. We strongly recommend creating visibility into who is accessing which applications and to keep an overview of which data is sent to the applications or downloaded.
You can monitor your cloud for anomalies through SIEM technology, cloud threat detection platforms and behavioral analytics. Another option is ‘Managed Services’.
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