Looking to make your workload more accessible? With the hybrid cloud, your private and public data can be stored under one cloud, which allows you to be more efficient. There are risks that come with switching to one cloud instead of two, but these security risks can all be avoided. According to a recent Security Boulevard article, access, compliance and monitoring are the top risks when migrating to the cloud.
With more data breaches and attackers trying to gain access to your information, employees have been hesitant to make the switch to the hybrid cloud even as more businesses are making the change. According to the 2019 Cloud Security Report from Cybersecurity, 93% of cyber security professionals are concerned about public cloud security, but 84% are confident in their company’s securities action plan. This means that businesses are more worried about the security of cloud service providers rather than the security risks that they can control.
When migrating two clouds to one, you need to keep these nine security risks in mind:
- Access, compliance and monitoring
- These three should be your top priority when it comes to security risks. Your cloud computing needs to be compliant with applicable regulations and policies while having proper setup and protection of users’ identities.
- Understanding cloud security risk
- Make sure you know the security risks that cloud adoption and careless DevOps programs introduce.
- Concerns with configuration and compliance
- Validate your security and compliance of cloud services. Know that “day one” or “point in time” compliance and validation are insufficient for public cloud workloads.
- Offsite cloud computing
- Offsite cloud computing is insecure as there is limited ability for businesses to control security measures.
- Cloud visibility
- You can view the same data that was on your on-prem on the cloud even though you may not feel like you can.
- Applying principles of least privilege
- Businesses should prohibit? users permissions from being able to open new attack surfaces and time-box access to sandbox environments. Companies need to build in preventive measures to make sure employees are not using nAT gateways to pull information from any remote resource.
- Security between cloud and non-cloud systems
- Have confidence in your service provider that they are addressing and understanding appropriate access and integration requirements with non-cloud systems during the migration.
- Visibility and governance are major challenges to cloud security. Make sure the less popular or custom applications on the cloud are able to transmit sensitive data. Have control over your network and make sure all cloud applications are highly secure.
- Automation controls and monitoring
- The more open your data is, the more controls you need to monitor it. The cloud can’t monitor itself as you need to monitor cloud data access and ensure no script errors or open holes are left for hackers.
As more and more businesses migrate to the cloud, you need to keep these security risks on high alert. Data exposure, misconfiguration, regulatory compliance, policy and strategy can cause the greatest security risks in cloud migrations.
At MDL Technology, your company’s security is our number one concern. By offering services such as 24/7 help desk support, network monitoring and offsite data backups, we help ensure that you don’t need to stress about private information becoming public. Learn more about the services we offer by visiting our website.