Security leaders say that increased adoption of digital transformation has resulted in a drastic rise of security breaches
CIOs acknowledge that all organizations regardless of the employee size, are slowly realizing the importance of having effective cloud security measures implemented in their security architecture. More IT leaders are pushing for digital engineering professionals to make cloud security as the top priority. Vendors are constantly evaluated to check whether they can provide effective security measures for the client’s cloud workload. These standards are dependent on the collaboration between organizations and third-party vendors where they set out a range of security roles, tools, best practices, and responsibilities.
CIOs say that ensuring the balance based on security measures has become more manageable in the current situation. AWS has recently launched its best practices for cloud security which will help organizations to successfully help to implement a secure cloud services platform. This cloud platform will help clients to innovate and manage while ensuring a highly secure environment. As compared to on-premise platforms, clients will pay only for cloud security tools they use, unlike upfront fees.
IT leaders point out that cloud-security based snafus like misconfigurations that may result in unnecessary and accidental exposure of services. Misconfigurations during implementation can result in major results down the road. When deploying cloud platforms, management, monitoring via APIs, and resource provisioning. As a result, it’s imperative to secure all these issues at the initial stages of cloud deployment itself.
Security leaders acknowledge that organizations must ensure to include workload protection, Identity and Access Management (IAM), encryption, and network security as major components in the security architecture blueprint.
CIOs stress the fact that employees and end-users should always have a strong password. When combined with MFA they are pretty much unbreakable. When users have a weak password, along with misconfigured MFA, hackers can easily bypass EC2, EBs, and S3 data backup to steal proprietary information. Such mishaps can be prevented by using the IAM user and a specific policy instead of the root account.
Access keys visibility
Security leaders point out organizations should always insist that the security team deploy an IAM role instead of hard-coding access keys into the code. These keys should either be changed periodically or rotated to prevent system hijack.
Security leaders should ensure a proper configuration of all security platforms and tools. The employees must utilize trusted advisories and ensure that WAF is at the top of the application load balancer. AWS inspectors are necessary for periodic security checks.
CIOs say that organizations should rigidly follow IAM best practices, following the “least privileges” approach when granting new IAM roles, etc. Secure encryption of data is a must for ensuring the security of confidential data. CloudTrail is an excellent tool to monitor and inform about unauthorized and authorized activities in an AWS account, for instance.
Employees should be trained on the specific cloud platform to ensure good compliance. Such good practices when followed by security leaders ensure total data security irrespective of the stage of digital transformation.