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Better Cloud Configuration Plans for Higher Security

By Cloud Computing Outlook | Monday, December 09, 2019

There is a common misconception among the organizations that, moving to cloud relieves them from responsibility for security, but what happens is exactly the opposite of it.

Fremont, CA: Many organizations, irrespective of their size, are moving their data and operations to cloud for the numerous advantages it has like flexibility, cost-saving, and efficiency. But, most of the time, these organizations fail to access the security risks associated with the cloud and ignore them, which costs an organization to a large extent.

There is a common misconception among the organizations that moving to the cloud relieves them from responsibility for security, but what happens is exactly the opposite of it. The security management of the cloud is complex, unfamiliar, and different from fixed infrastructure. The misconfiguration of the cloud services due to the misconception leads to security breaches.

Each provider has a different model based on the services they provide for, e.g., IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS. In all these models, the customer is responsible for access control and which they don't realize at the initial stages.

Choose a Cloud Provider Wisely

Both on-premise infrastructure and remote users need to be protected while moving to the cloud. Small organizations and SMEs should be extremely careful, as they have no infrastructure of their own, and remote users can directly connect to the cloud via 4G or Wi-Fi.

However, for bigger enterprises, which have the on-site infrastructure, prefer their remote users to connect back into their home site so that they can be fully authenticated. The same is applied to any external suppliers or partners that are allowed access. The cloud access security broker, who sits between the cloud service provider and the consumer, can also control the on-premise infrastructure into the cloud.

So it is important to understand the organization's security needs and approach the cloud service providers accordingly. Once a provider is chosen, the cloud configuration must be set and controlled. Bringing the information security, infrastructure management organizations, the security operations team together, and addressing representatives of the DevOps team is the best approach to take the benefits of the cloud.

Cloud Configuration Plan is Must

It is essential to make comprehensive plans and ensure that the persons responsible for configuration are completely trained and appropriate support is available. The configuration must be verified before going live. It must be ensured that the planning is effective and achieving security goals. Third-party tools and external security testers facilitate organizations to carry these tests. These tools find out the things missed in the original security plan.

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