Businesses today have opted for the smart way. They want secure data and applications which can be accessible from any device. This accessibility is now possible due to the boon of cloud technology. What way can the business reap benefits of the cloud technology while ensuring a secure environment for sensitive information? The first step is to recognize those challenges by finding solutions that work. The next step would be to select the right set of tools and vendors who will mitigate the challenges. In our technology driven world, security is an important part and is a point of discussion for everyone.
Here are the 5 core cloud security challenges:
Extending the network security controls over the cloud
It is important to enable the employees to collaborate and access the corporate resources whenever and whenever they need it. The Software Defined Networks (SDNs) arrival is like the success key for both customer as well as the provider which will be orchestrated and controlled delivery of the security options. The initial stage is to replicate controls which are being delivered today inside the network, but also there are layers and controls that are assumed when the corporate services are physically stored onsite. This will help in changing the dynamic from delivering security services at the pace of supplier for delivering at a speed of the customer and matching up with the cloud value model. This will help in enabling a rapid growth and remove the risk of cloud journey.
Maintaining the availability
One of the key threats that internet facing services are the DDoS attacks, where one can find the websites flooded with huge volumes of bogus traffic, paralyze them, and leave them unable to respond to the genuine user requests. You can find a steep increase in the number of these attacks, as the hackers are taking advantage with a growth in connected devices. As development increases the DDoS services will expand for including the network and destination protections, like the Web Access Firewalls and network circuits. With this the warning systems will improve, and the network circuits will see an increase in the traffic before incoming at the customer’s environment. As a result of this the services which are designed to enable business for maintaining the services, either from the direct or indirect traffic which occur at multiple levels of the network delivery.
Ensuring that the right authorities can access the resources that they require
Most of the organizations need to make sure that the employees can access the resources as and when required. The access control, security & identity of an individual will change dynamically, as most of the things are accessed from mobiles and laptops which require to be authenticated when they require access to certain resources. Most of the users will require to access the same resources from new or less controlled devices (including the IoT devices). This would also mean that the standard working patterns will change, this in turn will make changes in the way we manage a user’s security and with time their identities will become crucial. When the points of access start increasing, the organization will have to rely upon more of data, applications & security options for a better understanding in the patterns of identities and how those identities change between the applications.
Protecting transactions over the insecure networks
One needs to ensure that the sensitive transactions are performed securely across the insecure networks. Most of the customers require a managed public key infrastructure service for authenticating the users and restricting the access to confidential information. One of the most important things that one looks out soon would be that of increasing the application-focused security. Once the network and the identity protection is in place, the security around all the applications will require updating. This will start with the valid certificates which will confirm the applications authorities and ensure the right interactions. To get a better insight of the valid application transaction there are options around Blockchain verification of applications and potential devices.
Baseline endpoint security
Most of the customers are using smart devices and its been increasing with time. Some of them have little or no security while accessing this. They are more prone to attacks. Hence, they require an endpoint and device security service which will ensure that the security policies are implemented for the user devices. It should also confine any suspicious devices from the network until all the problems are dealt with. A careful planning with the cyber security will help in creating secure networks in the future. Having the right kind of information will help in apply coherent and consistent monitoring and policy enforcement regardless of the applications. This will help you in being compliant and support the business as it innovates to stay ahead in the competition.