How to Protect Multicloud
Published on 25 Mar 2023
The promise of cost savings, flexibility, and agility facilitates an increasing number of enterprises adopting a multi-cloud approach. Yet, if multi-clouds aren't properly protected from development through operation, they pose several hazards.
Multicloud is increasing in popularity, but it presents new security issues. This book will help you grasp the benefits of multi-cloud, how to properly protect it, and what to look for in a cloud security platform to allow rapid and secure innovation.
Multicloud refers to several clouds. The notion may be simple, but its safe implementation might be challenging. Similarly, recognizing the distinction between many secure clouds and a multi-cloud environment might be beneficial. The two are connected but distinct. Multicloud consolidates public and private clouds into a secure environment for cost savings, increased dependability, and enhanced performance. Multicloud needs a single, secure corporate network that connects the organization's data center (physical or software-defined) to all the different clouds it owns or subscribes to.
Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google Cloud, and Microsoft Azure remain the top three public cloud providers, while private clouds are hosted privately or are unique to a single enterprise. IT executives in both the public and private sectors prioritize cloud-first policies and migration to profit from the increased use of containers, Kubernetes, and cloud services such as Office 365, Google Workspace, Workday, and Salesforce.
According to the State of Cloud survey, 92% of businesses have a multi-cloud strategy and employ, on average, 2.6 public and 2.7 private clouds. Increasing numbers of businesses are integrating public and private cloud services into a single cloud deployment to manage their operations more efficiently.
Multi-cloud goes mainstream.
Adoption is skyrocketing
According to Gartner, by the end of 2021, 76% of enterprises have implemented or intended to employ multi-cloud setups. Its increase is mostly attributable to the freedom it offers enterprises that seek to disperse services for better performance and risk distribution.
From darkness to light
Because data is hidden in cloud silos, it is difficult to determine which security risk offers the most danger. Organizations want comprehensive visibility to protect cloud accounts and workloads from zero-day attacks, vulnerabilities, and misconfigurations. With all clouds in a single environment, CISOs can reliably shed light on evolving threats, identify actionable significant risks, and launch a coordinated response.
Freedom to permit
Now, organizations have additional options. DevOps, HR, marketing, and sales, among others, have more influence with a multi-cloud over the SaaS or cloud services they choose to fulfill current business demands. IT executives may now add a new cloud or service provider to a protected environment with relative ease. Multicloud enables security to be seen as a business facilitator instead of a roadblock.
Redundancy enhances dependability
The distributed multi-cloud method removes a single point of failure and provides a layer of redundancy. Hackers may easily interrupt all of its services if a business relies on more than just a single cloud provider. With a multi-cloud approach, a company may reduce overall interruptions and downtime in the event of a cloud failure.
Cloud financial savings
Protecting a multi-cloud environment may result in significant cost savings for security and IT professionals with limited resources and budgets. With the advent of zero-day threats and ransomware in the cloud, CISOs often need more time and resources to spend hours matching and aggregating data from disparate clouds or mining data.
Considerations for a multi-cloud security platform
Many enterprises continue to assume that cloud service providers are or should be compelled to implement security measures. Some service providers have security safeguards, but their scope and responsibilities are restricted.
Typically, the cloud provider is solely responsible for the security of the cloud infrastructure, not the activities that occur inside the cloud environment. Suppose you are challenged by changing cloud configurations, compliance demands, and pressure to protect many cloud and containerized environments. In that case, you should invest in a data-driven platform strategy that automates analysis and decision-making.
An organization may commit an error at the console level of a cloud environment. Minor errors, such as leaving an S3 bucket accessible to the public, might entice hackers to exploit the misconfiguration and cause data loss. Choose a solution that collects the appropriate data at the appropriate time for optimal visibility into your multi-cloud environment.
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