How to secure multi-cloud
Published on 17 Mar 2023
While multicloud is increasing popularity, it introduces additional security concerns. This book will teach you the importance of multicloud, how to protect it, and what features a cloud security platform should have to facilitate rapid, secure innovation.
Insight into the Multicloud
The term "multicloud" refers to situations in which there is more than one cloud present. While the idea is simple, it might be challenging to implement securely. Another helpful is being aware of the distinction between a multicloud setting and one that consists of many secure clouds. The two are intertwined but not interchangeable. If you're looking to save money, improve security, and maximize efficiency, multicloud is the way to go.
For a company to take use of the benefits of multicloud computing, it must have a single, secure corporate network that connects its data center (whether physical or software defined) to the many private clouds to which it has access.
Private clouds are ones that are hosted exclusively by an organization, as opposed to public clouds like Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google Cloud, and Microsoft Azure. Cloud-first policies and cloud migration are high priorities for IT executives in both the public and private sectors as they seek to reap the benefits of rising use of containerization, Kubernetes, and cloud services like Office 365, Google Apps, Workday, Salesforce, and others.
The majority of businesses (92%), using an average of 2.6 public and 2.7 private clouds, have adopted a multicloud approach, as detailed in the State of Cloud study. More and more businesses are consolidating their public and private cloud services into a single cloud deployment to streamline their operations.
Tips for choosing a secure multicloud infrastructure
There is a widespread misconception that cloud service providers are not needed to, or should not be forced to, implement adequate security protocols. Some service providers have some security precautions in place, but keep in mind that they can only do so much. In most cases, the cloud service provider's responsibility ends with ensuring the safety of the cloud infrastructure itself and does not extend to the actions of its customers.
A data-driven platform strategy that automates analysis and decision-making is a must if you are faced with the difficulties of constantly shifting cloud configurations, compliance demands, and the need to protect a large number of cloud and containerized environments. A company may make a mistake in the cloud environment interface by accident. Mistakes like leaving an S3 bucket accessible to the public make it easy for hackers to get in and steal sensitive information. If you want complete insight into your multicloud setup, you need a system that can gather the appropriate data at the appropriate times.
The 9 most important aspects of multicloud safety
- Take use of continuous activity monitoring's tiered agent-based and agentless strategy to collecting the necessary data and gaining insight into your cloud accounts and cloud computing systems.
- Assist in taking stock of available assets and comparing current set-ups to cloud industry benchmarks like CIS Benchmarks
- Organizational risk assessment that doesn't rely on hand-coded rule-making software
- Keep a close eye on what's happening in the cloud, from the control plane up to the workloads, to find out where hosts and containers are vulnerable.
- Automatic monitoring and analysis of data and behavior for risk assessment
- Rather of receiving hundreds or thousands of low-quality warnings daily, you'll get only a few high-quality ones.
- Rapidly investigate, triage, and fix issues with the help of context-rich visualizations and alerts.
- A platform that functions as an extension of your team may greatly simplify operations and maintenance.
- Be simple to incorporate into preexisting processes and infrastructure, such as messaging, incident handling, and security information and event management (SIEM) tools.
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