Cloud Security Best Practices: Tips for Protecting Your Data

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The top barrier to moving to the cloud is security. But cloud is fundamentally changing how we manage IT, enabling agility and elasticity, and security has to be aligned with these changes. As ownership of the infrastructure and who manages it changes, data control becomes more and more challenging.

The cloud is all about sharing, not only in the public cloud, but sharing everything from hardware and SaaS, PaaS and IaaS, but also sharing across two business groups or even completely different organizations. To get the most from the cloud, you need to know cloud data security best practices and how to deal with the unique challenges this environment presents.

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How do we apply effective security controls to protect our data in these new and dynamic environments?

Take a step back and think about your long term security strategy, on-premises and into the cloud and across multiple clouds.

While the lack of infrastructure control in the cloud may be contrary to traditional security principles, you can still make the cloud work for you. The trick is to focus on three fundamental cloud security best practices:

1. Determine which data matters

Understand which data sets are most important to your business and prioritize control and governance of that data. Trying to protect everything uniformly doesn’t work. Organizations need to allocate their resources and focus their security on the data that really matters.

2. Break down the silos

Asset, configuration and change management and how it affects your organization when applying security controls is vital. You need to understand what your organization has, how it's configured and how it changes. Relationship building across IT silos is extremely important. By ensuring coordination between teams such as CTO and DevOps, organizations can ensure reliable security.

3. Choose cloud providers carefully

Cloud vendors realize the mission-critical importance of security to their operations so many of them can do an even better job than your internal teams. However, not every vendor is the same, so CISOs should help their organizations’ line-of-business and other IT groups to choose providers wisely. In the cloud, even though IT doesn't control the infrastructure, it doesn't mean they can't control the data.

Ultimately, your cloud-enabled security solutions need to be aligned with the rest of your organization. Our cloud data security solutions can help.

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