Simplify your cloud security strategy

To simplify your cloud security strategy, there are three things you need to remember: visibility, reducing cloud vendor lock-in, and streamlining alerts and tools.

Cloud security is a field of study covering policy, technology, and control issues to protect the data and architecture of cloud computing. Cloud computing security consists of two areas: the issues of cloud computing security providers (organizations providing software, platforms or infrastructure) and the issues of customer security. Cloud computing providers must ensure that the infrastructure they provide must be secure in the sense that customer data and applications are protected. Meanwhile, customers must ensure that providers have taken appropriate security measures to protect their information.

Of course, customers are mostly no experts in terms of technology, so they tend to have more issues than providers. That why cloud security strategy is truly a challenge, especially when applying cloud computing is becoming a must in this era.

Simplicity is the key to solve most challenges. When it comes to simplifying your multi-cloud security strategy, there are three things you need to note: visibility, reducing cloud vendor lock-in, and streamlining alerts and tools.

Visibility

Each cloud provider rapidly develops original security services based on their platform. However, when it comes to anything outside their ecosystem, they don't have much incentive to provide the visibility that their organization requires with multiple cloud strategies.

To simplify your cloud security strategy, just search for security tools that are vendor and agnostic providers, for example Google Cloud Platform, Amazon Web Services or Microsoft Azure. You may even want to add Alibaba to that list if your workload in Asia is heavy.

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Reducing cloud vendor lock-in

What is the thing that all cloud providers want the most? It might sound strange, but the answer is simpler than you think. What they want is only to keep your data on their platform. So, the less you provide your data to countless vendors, the safer you are.

However, when it comes to cloud security, the reality is complicated. It is not easy to choose a provider that suits your company the best. However, many experts with a long-term view believe that today AWS can be your actual cloud platform, but Google Cloud Platform is more suitable for the future. This is why we recommend providers with the best financial security and most diverse options.

Streamlining alerts and tools

Your security operations center is tired of dealing with plenty of warnings and countless other tasks? There are a few things you can do to simplify their workload. While assessing your cloud risk, ensure that the requirements for platforms include integrated security. Your security operations center should have a unique platform to begin investigating any cloud-based incidents.

If you are relying heavily on the original tools of your cloud provider or trying to do everything yourself with an open source or SIEM tools, stop. You are probably spending more time customizing these tools for the weekly changes caused by cloud providers instead of focusing on reducing the risks and allowing your business to quickly use new cloud features.

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By: Chris Stewart