Organizations have a serious responsibility these days when it comes to keeping their cloud environments safe. This includes keeping track of each asset in the cloud, any misconfigurations that could expose the organization to breaches or cost over-runs, and making sure everything’s in compliance.
Yet, many organizations aren’t fully aware of what they need to do in order to keep their cloud secure. They think that they can keep track of their cloud security by themselves, but even the most intricate systems don’t always scale well across multiple clouds. Additionally, company-created tools might not be able to capture the entirety of the cloud environment, like centralized visibility across their entire estate of workloads and clouds. More often than not, cloud security becomes a priority only after there’s an issue — which is already too late.
Even if you’re focused on cloud security, is your organization keeping up with industry trends in order to stay on top of the care your cloud needs?
In the past decade, we’ve seen a massive number of organizations making the migration from data centers to the cloud — and many organizations think they can translate data center security to cloud security. But managing cloud security is very different, as there’s a shared responsibility between the customer and the cloud platform, which necessitates continuous monitoring, full visibility into changes, and a new understanding of identity and access. This is where having a good approach to cloud security posture management (CSPM) will be key for organizations wanting to stay on top of their expanding cloud footprint.
In order to stay on top of their cloud security, I’ve put together best practices teams need to pay attention to in order to leverage all the benefits of the cloud this year.
1. Prioritize cloud-native services and applications.
As organizations scale their cloud presence, one of the bigger trends I expect we’ll see is the increase in the adoption of cloud-native services and cloud container services.
Organizations need a way to inventory all their new cloud-native services and applications and gain visibility into their functionality to ensure continuous holistic security. This can be done through CSPM tools or cloud assist management solutions that help give a bird’s-eye view of all assets and applications in real-time to understand the entire cloud footprint and detect drifts.
2. Upskill employees across the organization.
The responsibility of cloud security no longer falls to just one department but must be the priority of multiple teams, including DevOps and senior leadership. Broader awareness of how each team affects cloud security and needing to understand the ever-evolving cloud landscape means a new focus: education and upskilling.
Leadership must keep informed on new trends and innovations to successfully manage cloud security and its many intricacies and impacts. Evaluate any skills gaps in your team, choose certifications for continued education, train them to think like hackers, provide them with tools to understand their attack surface and help liaise between DevOps and security.
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