Cloud security automation is a significant consideration for many organizations and their IT departments or providers. Of course, every organization has different requirements and expectations, and there are a wide range of tools available to enable the process. But are there any general guidelines or steps that make this transition easier? Yes, there are. Here is a glance at five of them. 

1. Automating Deployments

Enterprises busy with DevOps best practices implementation must also give equal priority to automating deployments. Another factor they should keep in mind is that such automation can also lead to better security overall. This benefit is possible because automation brings down the chances of manual errors considerably. If threats are detected, the concerned engineer can attend to the issue without abandoning deployment-related tasks. Furthermore, choosing tools that work across public cloud or similar environments can help maintain consistent security.

2. Instance and Container Configurations

Strengthening or hardening container configurations are said to be one of the prime steps to ensure cloud security automation. Using the right tools for this process will improve the overall standards and security of the configurations and can also be helpful in reevaluation at a later stage. Additionally, these tools work on-premise and public cloud environments – automation and integration become an easy process with cloud-native systems and the like.

3. Infrastructure Buildout Automation

Many companies see this as one of the first steps in cloud security automation, and they are right. Infrastructure automation is one of the first things to be taken care of. Manual deployments are very resource-intensive – with automated infrastructure buildout, a handful of engineers can set up and manage what would otherwise take a much larger team. Infrastructure as Code (IaC) allows enterprises to deploy fleets of servers with predefined security configurations, thereby ensuring automation in cloud security. 

4. Constant and Consistent Monitoring

Cloud environments are getting more complex day by day. Companies never know when problems will creep up on their IT operations. Hence, they need to be ready to identify and resolve issues as they arise or even before they occur. Setting up automated monitoring mechanisms in your cloud environment can do just that. Such tools identify even the tiniest of problems and resolve them (if the tool is equipped for it) or alert the concerned personnel immediately. 

5. Think Futuristic

Cloud systems are evolving day by day, and enterprises should always be thinking futuristic. However, remember that potential threats are also growing in sophistication. If your environment is not up-to-date, the chances are that security will be compromised easily. With the need for advanced environments, cloud security automation is necessary – manual operations just won’t be able to keep up. 

Cloud Security Automation with VEXXHOST Solutions

At VEXXHOST, we provide cloud solutions for a multitude of clients worldwide. Hence, cloud security automation is a big priority for us. We pull all stops to ensure that, as a customer, your cloud runs on the best possible platforms available. We provide OpenStack-based clouds, including public clouds and dedicated and highly secure private cloud environments, ensuring utmost security and agility. 

VEXXHOST is celebrating its 15th anniversary this year, and we have a special gift for you. Take advantage of our limited-time deal just to set up a one-time, OpenStack-based private cloud deployment – at just $15000! The cloud will be running on the latest OpenStack release, Wallaby, which allows you to run Kubernetes and VMs in the same environment, and can be deployed in your own data centers with your hardware. Furthermore, all these will be deployed and tested in under a month! 

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