Effectively Addressing Threats with Cloud Security Automation

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For years, security issues have dominated cloud discussions, and with the advent of 5G and the tremendous growth in data that it will bring, the alert noise will only get louder. It’s crucial that tools like automation become a crucial support for SecOps teams suffering from burnout as a result of increased workload, especially in the face of a skills scarcity. The cloud is critical for companies struggling for post-COVID success, but it might also be the catalyst for business failure if security isn’t optimized.

Businesses can leverage security automation to create an environment that is built to address today’s most serious threats as well as increasingly severe compliance requirements. Here are a few steps towards effective cloud security automation.

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Asset discovery and management

Enterprises are shifting to the cloud at a faster rate than cloud security operations can keep up. It can be difficult to get a clear picture of what’s being deployed. And, with so many people working in the cloud, there’s a chance that someone will start an instance without thinking about security. This might expose the entire environment, making it a point of entry for threats and vulnerabilities – and perhaps putting it out of compliance.

Security teams can set up automation to check their environment for new workloads, configuration changes and cloud instances on a regular basis, and they will be notified when changes occur that violate security policies and controls. They should use security engineering to automate the application of security policies to new servers and instances. This will integrate them into their security and technology policies, ensuring that their environment is adequately protected as it grows.

Configurations for instances and containers

One of the most important tasks in ensuring cloud security automation is to strengthen or harden container configurations. Using the appropriate tools for this process will improve the overall security of the configurations, as well as help in future re-evaluation. These solutions also function in both on-premise and public cloud environments, making automation and integration a breeze with cloud-native applications.

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Constant monitoring

Cloud environments are becoming increasingly complex. Companies seldom know when issues with their IT operations will arise. As a result, they must be prepared to recognize and fix problems as they arise, or even before they exist. This can be accomplished by implementing automated monitoring systems in the cloud. Such tools are capable of detecting even the tiniest of issues and promptly resolving or alerting the concerned team.

Enhance and expand security and automation

When it comes to security threats that change and evolve rapidly, businesses should not assume they can just “set it and forget it.” Instead, security automation should be maintained and continuously improved to respond to new threats, whether that means modifying policies, rules, applications or risk tolerance.

It is crucial to identify new opportunities to automate — including manual administration activities — to free up time for more critical tasks on a regular basis. AI can be used to help in responding to circumstances and determining acceptable responses, as well as evaluating policy guidelines prior to implementation.

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