Are you considering migrating to a private cloud environment? Let’s talk about some of the major security risks in private cloud. We know cloud adoption is a crucial decision to make, with prospects and consequences. There are many moving parts involved, and organizations undergo many strategic changes. That’s where we can help you. 

Some organizations might see private clouds as more secure than public clouds because various cloud resources reside in their data centers. While private clouds offer certain security advantages, they also present security risks that IT administrators must know how to address, such as outdated VM images, rogue admins, and data loss.

Many admins choose private clouds because of their single-tenant environments, allowing them exclusive access to resources. In addition, private clouds give users self-service, performance, and scalability. However, some security risks can diminish these benefits. Admins have to familiarize themselves with the risks to protect their data and virtual systems.

Misusing Administrative Powers

A possible security issue to take comes from within organizations. IT administrators might need multi-tenant private clouds, enabling them to share hardware resources. Here are ways to prevent such abuse.

  • Administrators must ensure that they do not allow rogue behavior. 
  • Admins must use role-based access control for categorizing and limiting admin-level access
  • Administrators should enable audit logging – this step ensures that only the HR department can access the logs. 
  • Configure the private clouds to provide automatic shielding for tenant-created virtual machines. 
  • Avoid giving unrestricted admin access to users.

Data Loss & Other Security Risks in Private Cloud

Another security risk in the private cloud worth mentioning is data loss without establishing proper backup. Even if providers tell tenant admins about the kind of backup established, there can be scope for miscommunication and can lead to unprecedented data loss during security occurrences – the data might be lost forever. Administrators should devise strategies to recover data for clients and their VMs, if necessary, to ensure removing security risks in private cloud. 

Managing Outdated VM images

Outdated VM images are leading security risks in private cloud environments. Admins giving users access to private clouds also function as tenant admin and create virtual machines via the provided templates.

However, admins do not know whether the user is a security expert or manages to adhere to the best practices in cloud security. Hence, administrators must create templates that adhere to their organization’s security requirements and are up to date.

VEXXHOST Cloud Solutions

 At VEXXHOST, we provide cloud solutions for a multitude of clients worldwide. We provide OpenStack-based clouds, including public clouds and dedicated and highly secure private cloud environments, ensuring utmost security and agility. A VEXXHOST private cloud is fully customizable according to your specific needs. From small enterprises to multi-national corporations to governments, VEXXHOST has expertise in dealing with all kinds of industries and organizations and is familiar with the layouts for each case. We listen to your infrastructural needs and cloud expectations a make a plan for you. Our expert team will clarify any doubts you have regarding cloud deployment and discuss the best practices promptly. 

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