Keep a Strong Cloud Security Posture in Every Environment.

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Extend a strong posture to the cloud.

With the elasticity that hybrid cloud brings, companies can rapidly scale their information technology (IT) environments to deliver service innovations, streamline operations, and improve business outcomes. But as cloud-first applications, virtual desktops (VDI), and the Internet of things (IoT) proliferate, cloud sprawl can also grow—providing cyber criminals with new, vulnerable attack surfaces to exploit. 

The result? A surge in cybercrime over the past few years with cyberattack financial damage now predicted to reach $10.5 trillion annually by 2025.

$10.5 trillion – Predicted annual cost of cybercrime by 2025.

McKinsey

Bypass common challenges to cloud security and establish robust data protection.

1. Security Rigor Easily Slips into an Afterthought.

A remote worker using the same password repeatedly. An application designer focused on the user interface of an application while putting security on the back burner. When it comes to day-to-day operations and actions, simple and highly effective security measures are subject to human error and can fall through the cracks.

At the organizational level, no matter where companies are on the cloud migration journey, there is often a heavy focus on innovation speed and application delivery above cybersecurity—which they plan to address at a later product development stage.  It’s important to maintain rigid security practices to keep your data safe without impeding developer productivity.

Understanding these truths helps enterprises build a robust risk culture by improving employee messaging about cybersecurity and boosting rigor around security policies and routine cybersecurity actions.  

2. Build an Intrinsic Security Strategy across Cloud Environments.

Enterprise security is stronger when cybersecurity is built into processes, software, and data control points across your IT infrastructure—especially as endpoints, employees, and workloads expand.

What is intrinsic security?

Intrinsic security is a shift away from a product-heavy, siloed, reactive approach to cybersecurity. With an intrinsic security strategy, your IT and security teams work together, harnessing built-in solutions to contextualize insights into an organization’s cyber risk and use those insights to continually improve risk identification, cyber attack prevention, and breach detection and response. With intrinsic security practices factored into all IT operations, data is always safe no matter where it may reside.

Weave intrinsic security throughout your infrastructure and operations by engaging solutions that provide visibility and monitoring across your environments, apply agile security rules, and establish strategic firewalls.

3. Establish a Strong Cloud Security Governance Framework.

A robust cloud governance framework begins with an inventory of all the assets you’ve deployed to the cloud (or will deploy). Understand how they connect together and the stakeholders who require access to these assets. You also need to know which assets are most essential to your business operations and require more robust protections. Following the NIST and/or CMMC security frameworks that have already been defined and published will help guide you toward an improved security posture.

With this information, you can develop rules and policies to support data security and streamlined operations in the cloud. Areas requiring clear policies may include:

  • Access management, including IP addresses and multi-factor authentication
  • Uncovering vulnerabilities during new deployment staging and testing
  • Encryption and data management
  • Compliance and “configuration drift”

4. Use Cloud-Native Solutions to Expand Your Security Toolkit to the Cloud.

Enterprises no longer have a single perimeter to protect from hackers and cybercriminals. IT and security teams must defend vast perimeters across widespread cloud-based services and end users and often multiple cloud providers.

Managing these complex cloud environments requires cloud-native security platforms and tools that monitor, detect, and respond to malicious threats 24/7. With these tools in action, your teams gain a holistic view of your IT environment and can automate alerts, attack surface management, vulnerability scans, cyberattack mitigation and responses, and more.

5. Upskill Existing Staff and Involve Everyone in Cybersecurity.  

There’s a global shortage of 3.4 million cybersecurity workers, according to the 2022 (ISC)2 Cybersecurity Workforce Study. Don’t miss the opportunity to close the gap with existing employees from your IT and beyond. Create a plan to upskill workers, share the plan and training options, and support them through the process.

3.4 million – Global shortage of cybersecurity workers.

according to (ISC)2

Ongoing training is also important for your existing cybersecurity teams because cyberattack strategies, attack surfaces, and security technologies are in constant flux.

Finally, every member of your team is an important component of any cybersecurity strategy. Provide regular reminders about critical cybersecurity measures and provide updates on emerging security concerns so best practices and processes are prioritized.

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Discover how EchoStor can help your organization create a robust security posture across cloud environments to protect your data from tenacious cyber attackers and respond to attacks with agility so your business thrives and your data stays safe.    

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Dave Notarangelo

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