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Multi-Cloud Rise and its Security

By Cloud Computing Outlook | Friday, December 06, 2019

The multi-cloud environment allows a company to pick and choose their preferred cloud services across different CSPs. CSPs do provide a certain level of security as shown by some surveys, but the cloud-related security incidents are likely to occur

Fremont, CA: Cloud, as it is known, is not just a trend, but has become a reason in bringing economies of scale and breakthrough technological advances to modern organizations. Cloud computing is entwined with the sophisticated technological landscape that provides critical daily operations to many organizations with an incredible speed.

With number of advantages, it also brings some new types of risk. Many business concerns and security leaders are already facing multiple challenges in protecting their existing IT environment. With the ever-expanding cloud environment, they must also find ways to securely use cloud services, supported applications, and underlying technical infrastructure.

Key Features of Cloud Services

Cloud Services have become the first choice of the organizations for having number of features like low set-up cost, ease of procurement, replace legacy technology that isn't required anymore. It also covers a vast range of offerings like document storage solutions, databases and virtual servers, and business applications which are available with all cloud service providers on-demand. Moving to the cloud means the entire business operations run with on-premises IT data centers. As an organization move to cloud computing, it also invites number of threats or risks with it, and it is very important to manage those risks.

Need to Use Cloud Service Securely

Moving to the cloud requires sharing your confidential data with the third party, i.e. the cloud service providers and organizations are still unsure whether to trust those CSPs with their data or not. CSPs do provide a certain level of security as shown by some surveys, but the cloud-related security incidents are likely to occur. Even customer are also responsible to some extent for data breaches. The right to implement the adequate level of information security controls lies with the customers. Cloud environment is diverse and complex and needs maintaining core security controls. Hence it is equally important for the companies to understand their responsibility and address the concerns as required.

The Rise of Multi-Cloud Environment

Dealing with multiple CSPs while moving to the cloud requires dealing with a multi-cloud environment. The multi-cloud environment allows a company to pick and choose their preferred cloud services across different CSPs and each CSP has its own technologies and approaches to management. This requires customers to have a wide range of knowledge and skills to avail services from different cloud service and multiple CSPs securely.

Overcoming the Cloud Security Challenges

Some challenges are operating securely in the cloud, like identifying and maintaining the appropriate security controls, balancing the responsibility between the CSP and cloud customer, and meeting regulatory requirements to protect sensitive data. Understanding these challenges and deploying necessary security controls is the responsibility of the organization.

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