Cloud Computing Outlook

Tips to Improve Cloud Provider's Security

By Cloud Computing Outlook | Monday, June 03, 2019

FREMONT, CA: Companies are looking to the cloud as an effective and affordable means to manage their applications and businesses. However, there are also a series of concerns that restricts numerous companies to invest in the cloud infrastructure actively.

According to a survey by AngloSec and Cloud Security Alliance, security is the prime concern among the 700 IT professionals that polled. They fear the risk of losing a sensitive customer or personal data while moving to the public cloud platform. Detecting misconfigurations and security risks involved in the public clouds was among the top obstacles. Lack of visibility into the cloud estate, managing cloud and on-premises environments, compliance and preparation of audits, and a lack of experience in cloud-native security were the other concerns among the respondents.

The survey also delved into questions based on multi-cloud environments. Though multiple providers reduce the reliance on a particular provider, it has its own set of challenges. A cloud provider alleviates a part of the internal effort while managing applications, but IT security teams still must manage security in the public cloud.

Keys to Improve Cloud Provider’s Security

Here are a few tips for tackling the challenges involved in employing cloud providers:

Built-in Security and Compliance

Generally, cloud providers offer tools to the host for security and compliance management. The in house security teams must ensure the availability of these tools.

Internal Security Teams

Organizations are bound to share security responsibilities with their cloud providers. However, they must manage security internally too. Setting up a department for cloud security, or incorporating cloud security policies across the business units will enhance security capabilities.

Misconfigurations and Security Risks Detection

Cloud providers add new features to enhance the security of their services. Organizations must be aware of updates to their cloud outsource services. Further, the customers must be communicated in case of any misconfigurations of publicly exposed services, misuse of any other cloud-based features, or insufficient credentials.

Necessary Automation

Including specific automation tools can help while managing a complex cloud environment. Automated tools and functions like data aggregation, log activity, threat detection, and security policy management enables quicker security threat detection, compliance violations, service outages, and service misconfigurations.