Migrating workloads and data to the cloud is vital for accelerating your digital transformation. However, it can also introduce unique security risk. Here’s how to secure your cloud infrastructure to thwart data breaches.
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October 5, 2021
IT modernization is a popular business initiative for all kinds of organizations, and the path to modernization nearly always runs through the cloud. Deloitte reports than 68 percent of CIOs said “migrating to the public cloud and/or expanding private cloud” was their top IT spending driver. And for good reason: Migrating more workloads to the cloud enables even more rapid digital transformation and improves business resilience. Done right, moving to the cloud can accelerate your IT by decoupling it from the data center without compromising security.
However, too many organizations are doing cloud migration wrong—moving so quickly to the cloud that they are degrading cloud security. The truth is that misconfigured cloud environments are like leaving the front door of your enterprise open to data breaches. If you want to get all the advantages of cloud without increasing your attack surface, it’s vital to understand cloud security risks including cloud misconfiguration. In this article, we will examine what cloud misconfiguration is and leading practices to protect your enterprise and employees from cloud-enabled data breaches.
Cloud misconfiguration refers to haphazardly putting sensitive data and other information resources into cloud environments without protecting their confidentiality, integrity, availability, or safety. This is quickly becoming the top cloud security risk, as Gartner predicts 99 percent of cloud breaches will be caused by customer misconfiguration or mistake. Common examples of these mistakes include poor access security like bad passwords, a lack of strong encryption, or failing to manage usage privileges across cloud apps.
CLOUD MISCONFIGURATION IS A DATA GOVERNANCE PROBLEM, WHICH FEEDS INTO A TRUST PROBLEM—LIKE EVERYTHING IN SECURITY ULTIMATELY DOES.
Chief Security Strategist
In short, cloud misconfiguration is a data governance problem. Moreover, cloud misconfiguration becomes more severe if you allow your infrastructure of cloud services to sprawl. The more cloud services you use, the more your sensitive data is spread around and vulnerable to bad actors or data loss. This is not a warning to avoid adopting the right cloud services for the right job, but rather to have a specific policy for how you use these cloud resources—including who gets access and how.
Cloud misconfiguration is a real threat, but there are proven ways to mitigate it by organizing and securing cloud resources. Here are four leading practices to protect your data from cloud misconfiguration:
In this hybrid work era, more and more of your distributed workforce is going to rely on cloud technology. This makes it especially crucial for you to take cloud security and cloud misconfiguration seriously during your IT modernization, as the pace of change is only going to accelerate. By adopting data governance policies designed for the cloud, you can empower your remote workers to be productive anywhere—while ensuring your data will be safe everywhere.