Security in the cloud is a like a two-faced coin. Most users are challenged to satisfy certain set of criteria for cloud compliance and then attest to its compliance. Over a few years, cloud computing has been a strategic game play for many businesses that combines on-Prem infrastructure with a virtual cloud network.
Cloud augment many opportunities and possibilities and offers a strong value proposition in terms of scalability, on-demand responsiveness and a multitude of services. The only setback many organizations face is in the aspect of security which can be very well handled over by a cloud solution Provider.
A strong security program will cover the following key aspects:
- Governance and policy
- Asset management
- Access control
- System development and maintenance
- Incident response
- Business continuity
Though you hand over the power to a cloud solution Provider, you’ll have to confirm how much of shared responsibility does a the CSP and how much of responsibility do you have in maintaining certain aspects of cloud security. With mutual and a relatively simple approach to both, you can achieve and maintain a level of compliance and control over your cloud.
Compliance in the cloud
Let’s deep dive into each aspect and ensure that security is top-of-the mind in cloud computing.
Governance and Policy: In most cases, the cloud providers employ compliance and security for their infrastructure. But in rare cases, the user undertakes some risk by transferring some part of the security requirements to the cloud providers. Its important that you check the agreement to know the shared responsibility and never fall into the trap of vendor-lock-in. It’s also to be kept into mind that the roles and responsibilities will change from platform to platform, infrastructure and model selected by the customer.
Asset Management: To Manage your assets successfully, it’s important that you record the systems that are deployed and the security level defined for their systems. It’s best when you:
– Use a Change control process to manage the addition of new instances.
– Assignment of ownership of assets.
– Monitor cloud accounts through the cloud provider dashboard and your organization payable.
Access control: A role-based system is important in any system and in case you need to audit or review, audit or control access based , a Role-based access can provide all the authentication required.
Incident response: When there is security response, its important to know what role the cloud provider has to play in terms of supply of data. That response can be indicative for ensuring that both the organization know how the cloud provider’s data is going to be utilized. You should be approving and documenting it within your organization’s incident response plan.
Having a Business continuity plan planned ahead ensures that your business is up and running even in the event of a disaster. It ensures the safety of your data and has the ability to shift back data in case of downtime and makes sure that the cloud-based services run unaffected. You can test the cloud solution provider resiliency and strategy and partner with them only when the strategy is verified.
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