An effective cloud security leadership should include a clear strategy and ownership.
It is important for business and IT leaders to prioritize security throughout an enterprise, including the cloud infrastructure. However, as per Seagate’s ‘Rethink Data’ report, more than 65% of enterprise leaders said they had insufficient security tools in place, even though security is a key driver of the data storage policy.
Here are a few ways CISOs and IT leaders can effectively showcase cloud security leadership
Employee visibility is essential
Ensuring all employees have clear and full visibility of entire cloud applications and operations is an important area where CISOs should focus and prioritize. Moreover, security leaders need to ensure that employees are in line with cloud goals and performance. They need to garner team visibility and insight into their company’s cloud ecosystem.
They also need to go a step further than just focusing on their cloud infrastructure deployment, and understand the business goal for each application. At the same time, it is vital to consider key metrics such as user experience, compliance requirements, performance, reliability, and licensing costs to the business.
Due diligence is important
IT leaders and CISOs can showcase security leadership by understanding their responsibility towards different aspects of cloud deployment. Companies need to have the risk framework and controls that are in tandem as their cloud services provider.
As there has been a significant increase in cyber incidents involving inadequate configuration, it is important for leaders to understand how to configure services and make sure there are security and optimal performance.
Establish a clear strategy
To create and establish a clear cloud strategy, it is important to have detached and specified responsibilities for the vendor and the enterprise. Once the strategy is ready, informing the security team and ensuring everyone is on the same page is necessary for a seamless workflow. The security leaders and stakeholders can take up this exercise in earnest, so there are no doubts about the operational responsibilities.
A security strategy should explain operational as well as application concerns. Enterprises need to protect dashboards and consoles and ensure they are adhering to best practices concerning cloud-provider services.
Leaders can help security teams approach cloud security more confidently by ensuring clarity of the shared cloud security responsibility model. They can also provide clear direction to both internal and support teams on the criticality of strong security apps, systems, and services.