CLOUD SECURITY PRINCIPLES

Security is the number one focus and priority for organisations today. Moving to the cloud is a journey, and every organization is at different stages of this journey. However, moving to the cloud does not have to be a departure from existing systems and processes. In a fully integrated hybrid IT environment, the cloud becomes an extension of data centre and the policies through controlling it.

Hybrid cloud strategies also offer security leaders a measured approach to moving to the cloud, allowing them to move business functions to the cloud only when they are confident that the service offers the right amount of security control.

Protecting organisations continues to be increasingly difficult as employees use their own devices and applications at work and data flows into and out of the business in a variety of ways. While the attack surface has broadened, attacks have also become more sophisticated and more damaging. Today’s security leaders must balance these challenges with business needs to collaborate, innovate, and grow.

Security in the Cloud is slightly different than the security of on-premises data centres. When organisations move workloads and data to the cloud, security responsibilities become shared between the organisations and the cloud service provider. In this case, the cloud platform is responsible for securing the underlying infrastructure that support the cloud, and the organisation would be responsible for anything they put on the cloud or anything they connect to the cloud. This shared security responsibility model can reduce operational burdens in many ways, and in some cases may even improve default security posture without additional action on the customer part.

Security must be job one and highest priority in the cloud. There are many benefits to adapting cloud services and BYOD programs, however it is not without its risks! In a marketplace with multiple cloud IaaS platforms and SaaS cloud applications for every requirement how can businesses ensure that users are not adapting dangerous applications and potentially exposing the organisation?

The digital estate is growing! The traditional IT infrastructure is being extended as companies embrace cloud applications such as Office 365, OneDrive, Google Drive, Dropbox, Box, Azure, AWS and Salesforce. Adapting these Cloud platforms is a critical step in Australian organisation’s digital transformation. They can drive great business value from uncompromised productivity with cloud powered tools that gives their team the freedom to work from anywhere, using any device remotely (BYOD) specially in COVID situation.

Enterprises are experiencing a fundamental shift and transformation in the way their employees and customers consume technology, which is happening in nearly every region. Sensitive data is at risk in the way employees use non-approved cloud applications at work, Enterprise organisations keep sensitive information in the cloud, Organisations no longer have confidence to detect and prevent loss of sensitive data and have accidently send sensitive information to the wrong person. As such, out of the box security

capabilities built into IaaS cloud platforms and SaaS/Cloud applications does not necessarily meet above security requirements. Cloud Security in terms of having the right Visibility and Enforcement aligned with security strategy is required to safeguard Australian data and IT assets everywhere to help achieving compliance requirements.

Having a right visibility and enforcement across Cloud Applications and Platforms provides a unique capability to help Australian businesses to safeguard their business on adapting cloud platforms, cloud applications, cloud services and against Shadow IT while protecting and managing sensitive information.


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