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What is meant by cloud security?
While a cloud provider is responsible for securing their underlying infrastructure (physical, network, and host security), as an organization and user, you are responsible for securing your applications, data, user access, and configurations within your cloud environment. Mitigating cyber-risk requires regular penetration testing for vulnerabilities, auditing your security controls, and staying current on security best practices.
Being in the cloud doesn’t make you secure
While cloud providers do offer some security measures, organizations should not solely rely on them and assume their cloud environment is fully secure. Here are 10 reasons why:
- Shared responsibility model: Cloud providers follow a shared responsibility model, where they are responsible for the security of the cloud infrastructure, while the organization is responsible for securing their applications, data, user access, and configurations. Neglecting these responsibilities can lead to security gaps.
- Misconfigurations: Organizations often have control over the configuration of their cloud environment, including access controls, network settings, and security policies. Misconfigurations can inadvertently expose sensitive data or create vulnerabilities that could be exploited by attackers.
- Insider threats: While cloud providers implement security controls to prevent external threats, organizations must also consider internal risks. Unauthorized access, human error, or malicious activities by insiders can compromise the security of the cloud environment and data.
- Data breaches: Data breaches can occur due to various reasons such as weak access controls, insecure APIs, misconfigurations, or vulnerabilities in the organization’s applications or systems. Cloud providers may not be directly responsible for securing the organization’s data or preventing such breaches.
- Compliance requirements: Organizations often have specific governance, risk, and compliance (GRC) requirements based on their industry or geographical location. While cloud providers may offer some compliance certifications, ensuring full compliance with regulations falls under the organization’s responsibility.
- Third-party integrations: Organizations frequently integrate their cloud environment with third-party services or applications. The security of these integrations lies with the organization, and vulnerabilities in these integrations can expose the cloud environment to potential risks.
- Advanced persistent threats (APTs): Cyber threats evolve rapidly, and attackers are continually devising new techniques to evade detection and breach systems. Cloud providers may not have real-time visibility into every aspect of an organization’s infrastructure and may not be able to detect sophisticated or targeted attacks.
- Data loss incidents: While cloud providers often implement redundancy and backups to mitigate data loss incidents, accidental deletion, data corruption, or other human errors can still result in data loss. Organizations need to have their own data backup and recovery strategies.
- Limited customization: Cloud providers offer a standardized set of security services and configurations to cater to a wide range of customers. However, organizations may have specific security requirements or industry-specific regulations that require additional security controls or customization, which are typically not provided by the cloud provider.
- Lack of visibility and control: Organizations may lack complete visibility and/or control over the security measures implemented by the cloud provider. This can make it challenging to validate the effectiveness of these measures or customize them to align with specific security policies or requirements.
Organizations should understand these shared responsibilities and implement additional security measures to supplement the security offerings of the cloud provider. Taking a proactive approach to security is crucial to effectively protect your cloud environment and data. An organizaton’s security is only as strong as its weakest link, and with many organizations having a hybrid situation, with multi-cloud as well as on-prem, it’s critical to maintain a consistent security posture across the entire infrastructure.
Stay secure with DataEndure
DataEndure has been around for four decades, and security has been foundational to who we are since our inception. Our experience informs how we build, manage, and evolve our security services.
We take your security—and your success—seriously. Whether you choose to work with us or not, we offer a complimentary security health check to help you understand where you are now and identify opportunities to improve your security posture.