5 Ways to Enhance Collaboration Between Cybersecurity and Cloud Teams

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5 Ways to Enhance Collaboration Between Cybersecurity and Cloud Teams

To secure the cloud data and enhance the cybersecurity of the enterprise, it is important for cybersecurity and cloud teams to effectively communicate and collaborate.

Since the cloud has become a driving force for the digital transformation of enterprises, it has become increasingly important for cloud engineers to effectively communicate and collaborate with the cybersecurity team for data security. Leaders of both the teams must take effective measures to break down traditional silos by utilizing old-fashioned relationship-building techniques, data sharing and other cross-team efforts.

Below are five ways that help cybersecurity teams to enhance their collaboration with cloud teams:

  • Asking questions upfront

Before moving any further, both CISOs and CIOs should remember that every stakeholder in the organization is responsible for the trust and privacy of its employees and customers. Hence, both teams should ask questions about making security more effortless and less intrusive.

Both cybersecurity and cloud teams must devise effective methods for expediting and integrating approvals and critical resources such as identity and access management and budget domain assignment.

  • Establishing the end goals for both teams

Since both the teams have their own set of responsibilities, success for security and cloud teams can look different. And if they work in silos, unnecessary conflicts may arise.

Therefore, before embarking on a project, both teams must clearly define what success means to them. .

Reviewing the project concept and services involved with the security teams, building consensus early, and identifying variables that can be a source of great concern for both teams- can help them build trust.

  • Strictly managing cloud account privileges

Both CISOs and CIOs must develop effective strategies for firmly managing the account privileges. This will provide them with a granular view of the accounts and privileges of their respective teams.

It’s critical that both teams understand and accept the need for controlling access upfront.

The cloud and security can collaborate to establish a workflow that ensures privilege escalation is built into the ticketing system of the enterprise.

  • Deploying information-sharing tools 

Industry experts emphasize the importance of using third-party and cloud-native tools that facilitate team collaboration. Both the security and cloud teams should spend time upfront to configure cloud and security management views that support the business and application perspectives. Information sharing tools deliver data and analytics, that the teams need to gain insights into the software development lifecycle via deployment into operations.

For greater collaboration and relationship, both the teams should have intermediaries in place that can effectively communicate their issues and perspectives.

  • Being transparent about data

In today’s increasing cybersecurity risks, the executives of cloud teams are guilty of failing to provide all data-related information. As a result, when a data breach occurs, the liabilities associated with it fall on the cybersecurity teams. This may escalate the situation and impact the relationship between both parties. Therefore, from the beginning, the cloud team must be open and transparent about where the enterprise is storing the data, and enable the security team to document the locations. It can help the security team in collecting telemetry and deploy complex security controls.

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