Many firms’ long-term IT goals are dominated by multi-cloud systems, but there are still a lot of unknowns when it comes to security.
Clearly, there is an increasing demand for cloud enablement, and having a multi-cloud approach has advantages. First, it allows businesses to avoid “vendor lock-in.” They can also avoid having to rely on a single vendor for all of their cloud-based requirements. Second, it enables them to make use of capabilities that are tailored to a given business area and are available from various cloud service providers (CSPs). Finally, it helps them avoid data loss and/or downtime by ensuring that an issue in one environment does not necessarily spread to another.
However, implementing a multi-cloud strategy might be a minefield for some, especially when it comes to security challenges. According to a 2021 survey by Tripwire, “Securing Public
Cloud Infrastructure” most security professionals believe that adopting a multi-cloud strategy has increased their organization’s security challenges.
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Furthermore, several firms struggle to maintain regulatory compliance and obtain visibility into the security landscape across their whole cloud infrastructure since they manage various cloud environments. This reality presents a number of hurdles that businesses should overcome in order to reap the benefits of their long-term investment. When evaluating an organization’s cloud security posture, there are a few elements to keep in mind:
To address security flaws, rely on well-established frameworks
According to the report, the majority of companies (59%) have public cloud configuration requirements and apply best-practice security frameworks (78%). Despite this, just 38% of framework users use them consistently across all of their cloud environments. The lack of uniformity is likely due to a large number of standards available. However, the Center of Internet Security (CIS) Benchmarks are a good place to start. They provide a well-developed collection of standards that serve as recommendations for a variety of cloud providers, operating systems, and applications. The framework is intended to protect businesses from risk while setting up cloud accounts.
Recognize the team’s abilities
Most enterprises rely/relied on existing security teams to complete training or self-teach when it comes to managing cloud environments, according to the research. Despite this, only 9% of those surveyed consider their internal teams to be experts. It may seem self-evident, but neglecting to address a skills gap can have a direct impact on the security posture of an organization. Long-term success requires ensuring that the team is properly trained and resourced to support the complexities of various cloud platforms.
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Understand the part in the shared responsibility model
CSPs provide a number of default security configurations, but it’s ultimately their role to give a platform and the tools to manage it, not to secure the environment. When organizations consider a complicated, multi-cloud configuration, this notion becomes much more pronounced. The majority of security professionals (98%) see a disconnect and wish to see specific security enhancements from their cloud partners, such as faster communication of security issues and adherence to uniform security frameworks. Even if CSPs improve, introducing a third-party security platform is the best approach to cover all bases.
An ideal solution will provide a consolidated view of configurations throughout the whole cloud environment, as well as real-time visibility into how an organization is doing against a given framework or benchmark, to assist mitigate security risks.
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