The rise of mobile technology and the remote workforce, combined with the need for operational agility, has driven cloud adoption throughout every business sector in recent years. In fact, 81 percent of enterprise-level businesses now operate multi-cloud strategies, according to Right Scale’s State of the Cloud Report. Read on as we detail best practices for securing a hybrid cloud deployment.
As one may expect, moving large amounts of sensitive business data to the cloud can come with some complications. Organizations often find themselves scrambling to acquire and train talent to manage the system, build necessary infrastructures and meet stringent compliance requirements. While these are each valid concerns, implementing proper security measures for protecting your data within the cloud should be an absolute priority.
According to the same State of the Cloud Report, 77 percent of respondents view securing their hybrid cloud deployments as a challenge, and for good reason. Too often, organizations that make the move to the cloud place security on the backburner, putting them at risk for data breach. Dark Reading recently detailed some simple strategies for ensuring your hybrid cloud deployment is secure. They are:
As you plan your cloud strategy, identify the right tools to support your efforts in ensuring a successful cloud transition to a hybrid environment. Adopt technologies that are capable of supporting a hybrid cloud model to ensure security.
Automate everything. Automation is a critical security practice that helps ensure consistency and manage organizational change. While it’s possible to develop their own automation scripts, many organizations will need third-party tools and platforms to guide their automation efforts.
Perform regular backups and form a recovery plan. By doing so, an organization can help to ensure that risks such as ransomware or misconfigurations don’t permanently damage its cloud infrastructure and impact its ability to serve customers.