Cloud security is always an important issue globally. Over the years, we have published a lot of content on cloud security and related topics. This omnibus aims to bring you all of those valuable, informational content together so that you can access it all from a one-stop solution. Each section is linked to a detailed blog where you can find more information about the said topic. Here's what you need to know about cloud security. Let's start from the basics.
Why Cloud Security?
It's common for people to be cautious about migrating to a cloud computing solution. There are many great benefits to private, public, and hybrid cloud, but there are also perceived security threats. Instead of being a risk, cloud computing offers a solution, especially for smaller organizations that are more vulnerable to threats.
Cloud providers have some of the most robust security in IT. You need to know that when you're migrating data, you're investing in a security solution that protects your confidential information. The most important thing is that an agile and scalable service is protecting your data. The security measures put in place were created to respond to threats in the environment to prevent breaches.
Security - Public vs. Private Cloud
It isn't always obvious which solution offers the right amount of security. That's why we'll be taking a look at two of the most popular cloud offerings, public and private, and comparing their levels of security.
Opting for a public cloud means that you're enlisting a third-party provider to deliver a set of services over the internet. These services can range from processing power to storage capacity. Now, contrary to how it may seem, a public cloud doesn't lack significant security precautions. Over the years, public cloud providers have adapted and improved upon their security measures, enabling them to manage attacks that have only grown in terms of sophistication.
Private clouds are concerned. Ownership rests with a single company, acting as an extension of a traditional data center. It is a non-shared resource optimized to provide processing power and storage capacity for the various types of functions. Clients are reassured that their data complies with the necessary legislation and is inaccessible to any unauthorized persons. As the sole user, the private cloud can also be customized to meet your needs, not just where performance is concerned but also authentication.
Factors Threatening Infrastructure Security
IT budgets are under scrutiny in many organizations, making them do more with less. The idea is to get the most ROI possible, even in the time of budget cuts. Cloud security divisions are working round the clock to maintain the security of your infrastructure also while combating budgetary restrictions.
To ensure that adequate measures are taken to protect your data, you must be aware of the most potent threats. Identifying latent threats can better prepare to tackle them if they occur.
Let's take a look at some challenges that may put your infrastructure's resilience at risk:
- No accountability
- Antiquated security systems
- Essential Identity and Privileged Access Management
Increasing Security in DevOps
A robust IT department and DevOps team can balance security and compliance with agility and scalability. The rapid growth of your business should never come at the expense of your cloud security. Protecting critical data should always occur alongside delivering up-to-date software with speed.
Take the time to ensure that all parts of your business understand the goals of security and compliance. Identify which cloud security processes are working and which ones are not, then act accordingly. Every staff member who can access systems or software should be identified. Additionally, controls should be adjusted to ensure that only the right people can access the correct data. Regularly auditing security systems is not optional. The underlying systems in which you use your cloud must be secure and reliable. Your cloud provider can help you better understand levels of service, security, and privacy.
Ensuring Cloud Security Automation
Every organization has different requirements and expectations, and there is a wide range of tools available to enable the process. But are there any general guidelines or steps that make cloud automation easier? Yes, there are. Here is a glance at five of them.
- Automating deployments
- Instance and container configurations
- Infrastructure buildout automation
- Constant and consistent monitoring
- Think futuristic
IaaS Security with VEXXHOST Cloud Solutions
As an IaaS provider, we ensure that our clients are aware of the various security requirements and take the necessary steps to assure them. Our clouds are based on OpenStack, making the environments free from licensing fees or vendor lock-ins. Private clouds are the preferred choice for many of our clients because of their highly scalable and secure nature.
Speaking of private clouds, you can now run on a fully agile and customized cloud from VEXXHOST, with no licensing fees and smooth 2-week migration. In fact, we're ready to put our money where our mouth is. We're so confident in being able to save you at least 20% or more on your current cloud infrastructure expenditure that if proven wrong- we'll give you $1,000 credit to our public cloud.
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