As enterprises are increasingly relying heavily on cloud platforms to support their business operations, it is critical that they secure them for strong data protection.
Security of the enterprise infrastructure has become the top priority for organizations in the event of emerging and evolving cyber threats. This has intensified especially since an increasing number of organizations are migrating to the cloud for business continuity as a result of the pandemic. However, there are still many organizations that are putting security on the backburner and this is negatively impacting cloud infrastructure hygiene. Such negligence provides cybercriminals with oversights and the opportunity to steal vulnerable data. Keeping these points in mind, CISOs should build a secure cloud infrastructure that will position them to take full advantage of the many cloud migration benefits.
Implementing a DataSecOps approach
According to experts, it is easier for enterprises to prevent potential cybersecurity challenges than deal with them after the incident has occurred. This basic premise of a DataSecOps approach requires IT and data scientists to collaborate as the cloud infrastructure is built and includes data protection, an integral part of decision making. Thus, by entwining privacy and security into the cloud infrastructure, organizations can take the appropriate measures to protect data at all times.
Distinguishing between Security and Privacy
Often enterprises use terms such as ‘security’ and ‘privacy’ interchangeably to describe cybersecurity. However, before developing a robust and secure infrastructure, they should understand the nuances between the two. Developing a secure cloud infrastructure with the right mix of privacy policies and security measures can greatly vary depending on the organization’s industry and the necessary compliance adherence.
Defining and understanding responsibilities
Most enterprises aren’t clear on how to secure data in the cloud. They naturally assume that the cloud provider should be responsible for handling the security, which is not the case most often. During cloud migration, most providers put forth a shared responsibility model for protection, wherein the provider is only responsible for a specific security area while the company is responsible for others. In most cases, the cloud provider is responsible for securing the cloud while the organization is responsible for protecting the data that resides within it.
Incorporating a data security mesh
As most of the workforce is remote and heavily dependent on the cloud platforms, protection can no longer be a ‘secure the perimeter’ strategy. Every element of the infrastructure, network, application and data store should be individually protected. It leads to the concept of data security mesh. Irrespective of the cloud or the data store from where it originates, data records are protected by any-to-any connectivity capabilities. Since it’s a new strategy, it is critical to strictly assess potential technology partners to see their track record of protecting data.
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