Cloud computing has been a true game changer. The decision to seek out cloud-based solutions has had a massive impact on IT departments, which have had to rethink their approach to building, deploying, and managing security protocols. One thing is certain: Relying on pre-cloud methods of securing an environment will not work — it takes a strict focus on cloud security practices.
Organizations might have more difficulty navigating cloud security if they’re operating in a multi-cloud environment. There is a lot of focus on how the workflow will bridge the various cloud environments — and for good reason — but there must also be an equal focus on how the security in these environments will remain consistent. This can be of great difficulty if the security protocols aren’t mapped out before implementation.
Adopting with Intent
There is no shortage of challenges in adopting a multi-cloud solution, particularly where cloud security is concerned. By using the right tools, adopting effective security protocols can be less of a burden, but only if they’re considered across the entire spectrum, not just cloud to cloud. It’s an approach that involves keeping visibility at the forefront, where everything can be monitored and analytics tracked.
Application programming interfaces (APIs) are often a key focus on IT security teams because this is where data can be exposed and where security must be as tight as possible. While there will be some cloud-provider security in place, it’s the responsibility of the owner of the data to ensure there are the proper cloud security protocols in place so APIs aren’t the weak link. In fact, many organizations exercise caution and are reluctant to hand over control of API security capabilities to a cloud provider, giving the organization full autonomy, making them fully accountable for any security measures that need to be taken.
To Outsource or Not?
Embedding secure API gateways can shore up potential liabilities. This is a big deal for organizations that risk leaking public data, such as credit card numbers, Social Security numbers, etc., to hackers. It’s even built into their best practices to step away from considering outsourcing API gateway security. Rather, they take it on in-house, because, this way, they know exactly what security features are built in.
However, working with a highly qualified agent immersed in cloud security solutions can provide an excellent objective resource for improved cloud security environments. At One Connect, we focus on cyber security and have assisted many clients with cloud security solutions. Putting a security plan together can be overwhelming for many organizations, especially those with already over-tasked IT teams. Contact us, and let us step in to assist.
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