Securing a hybrid cloud infrastructure is a never-ending process. New cloud products and feature releases, a growing security landscape, and changing commercial cloud usage are among the reasons.
According to the Cost of a Data Breach 2021 Report by IBM, the average total cost of a data breach increased from USD 3.86 million to USD 4.24 million, the highest total cost in the report’s 17-year history. This shows that adopting this strategy could result in cost savings for the company.
Enterprises can establish a system that improves hybrid cloud security collaboratively between business executives, IT leaders, and auditors by constructing a cloud security program on the following three pillars. It will also allow firms to reduce risk, increase agility, and operate more efficiently.
Prescriptive controls help businesses manage risk and compliance
A well-designed and deployed hybrid cloud that is driven by risk and compliance rules can safeguard against data breaches while also saving money. According to the Cost of a Data Breach report, businesses that have migrated to the cloud extensively paid roughly $1.66 million more for a data breach than businesses that have migrated to the cloud infrequently. These numbers show that pursuing widespread cloud adoption without taking into account secure and compliant landing zones, cloud operational models, and other factors, is riskier than having a well-defined cloud strategy.
When processing data, businesses need to adhere to a variety of regulations and requirements. Some standards and rules are universal, while others are exclusive to a country or industry.
Workload security in the hybrid cloud is determined by the technical controls that determine whether workloads should be hosted on-premises or in public and private clouds. Those controls should be applied uniformly across all workloads.
With zero trust, businesses can ensure data-centric security
The security domains are the same in on-premises and cloud settings, but the methodologies for addressing those domains differ dramatically. When it comes to this pillar, businesses must take a holistic approach.
On-premises, for example, a well-defined perimeter is usually properly secured. In the cloud, on the other hand, there is frequently no perimeter, thus identity management, micro-segmentation, and workload isolation become the most important security technologies for containers and server endpoints.
A zero-trust security approach takes these differences into account and establishes policies that are consistent across both environments. A zero-trust architecture that incorporates network security, application security, identity and access management, and data protection is required for data-centric protection.
Achieve continuous detection and response
Engineers or architects in DevOps require immediate automation and frictionless, simple workload deployment solutions. At the same time, the enterprise’s security officer needs the best protection and visibility possible to ensure that the workloads follow both statutory and corporate security regulations. This pillar provides both sides with a solution.
Members of the applications or line-of-business team, the IT infrastructure team, and the chief information security officer (CISO) or security team collaborate effectively across an enterprise’s hybrid cloud.
This process incorporates threat management into the hybrid cloud operations lifecycle. In order to examine threats, businesses can prioritize events, navigate different tools and data sources, and eliminate manual processes and tools.