A Comprehensive Guide to Cloud Security in 2020

A Comprehensive Guide to Cloud Security in 2020

Cloud security encompasses the technologies, controls, processes, and policies which combine to protect your cloud-based systems, data, and infrastructure. It is a sub-domain of computer security and more broadly, information security.

It is a shared responsibility between you and your cloud service provider. You implement a cloud security strategy to protect your data, adhere to regulatory compliance, and protect your customers’ privacy. Which in turn protects you from the reputational, financial, and legal ramifications of data breaches and data loss.

Cloud Security Shared Responsibility Model (Image source: Synopsys)

Cloud security is a critical requirement for all organizations. Especially with the latest research from (ISC)2 reporting 93% of organizations are moderately or extremely concerned about cloud security, and one in four organizations confirming a cloud security incident in the past 12 months.

In this article, we will create a comprehensive guide to cloud security. You’ll explore the security risks of moving to the cloud, understand why cloud security is required, and discover cloud security best practices. We’ll also cover topics like how to assess a cloud service provider’s security and identify the certifications and training to improve your cloud security.

Let’s begin.



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How does Cloud Security Work?

Cloud security is a complex interaction of technologies, controls, processes, and policies. A practice that is highly personalized to your organization’s unique requirements.

As such, there’s no single explanation that encompasses how cloud security ‘works’.

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A Model for Securing Cloud Workloads (Image source: HyTrust)

Thankfully, there are a widely established set of strategies and tools you can use to achieve a robust cloud security setup, these include:

Identity and Access Management

All companies should have an Identity and Access Management (IAM) system to control access to information. Your cloud provider will either integrate directly with your IAM or offer their own in-built system. An IAM combines multi-factor authentication and user access policies, helping you control who has access to your applications and data, what they can access, and what they can do to your data.

Physical Security

Physical security is another pillar of cloud security.

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This article was written by Edward Jones and originally published on Blog – Kinsta Managed WordPress Hosting.

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