How To Implement Cloud Computing Security

How To Implement Cloud Computing Security

You may not realize it but your company may have adopted cloud computing. Your company may have subscribed to other miscellaneous services like the ones being offered by Salesforce.com or you may be using a hosted email. Your organization may even be implementing an internal private cloud. With all the uncertainties and fears of using the cloud, one must accept the fact that cloud computing will be here for a long time.

It is but expected that everyone will have security as their number one fear when a new technology is introduced to the market especially when media tends to play up the security inconsistencies of cloud computing. But when you really look deeper into the problem, you’ll realize that these security breaches happen because the organization allows them to happen. Cyber criminals often look at cloud computing loopholes and attach those which have loose controls in place.

When an organization decides to move to the clouds, it must first determine its foundational controls which form the backbone of the company’s security principles. Plans must be laid out in order to secure the company’s assets so that when the company subscribes to cloud computing, all the needed security controls must already be in place.

Also, the company will have to be workload-focused instead of cloud-focused. When moving to the clouds, the organization must take into consideration each workload so that it will be able to enforce a security program which is focused on the workload with a possibility to implement non-traditional security measures.

More often than not, a company decides to move to the clouds because higher management has decided it. Because not all parties are included in the decision process, some security measures may not have been considered. When this happens, the organization may face usability and integration challenges. Concerned departments must be included in the decision making so that people working with the affected departments will know what to expect when cloud computing is finally implemented.

A plan must be enforced to mitigate the risks. It must have a documented plan so that employees will be able to quickly resolve cloud computing issues when they arise. Training, education, as well as documentation and management of risks must be included in the risk mitigation plan.

A major advantage of cloud computing is that it is capable of virtualization and because of this advantage an organization must have a management process for its storage image implemented. This will guarantee that the required images are made available when needed. The images must also be appropriately managed and identified so that image sprawl will be avoided.

Before a company migrates to the clouds, it must first check the cloud computing provider’s infrastructure and applications for any security hazards so that controls can be set in place in order to ensure that the transfer to the clouds are secure. The company must also take note of ethical hacking so that they can use it to check their own cloud applications for the usual security vulnerabilities.

There are also security services available in the market which can help the company obtain the best security without the traditional overhead expense. These services include security event log management, identity and access management, and intrusion prevention which transfer the strain of implementing them from the organization to the security services provider.

A resiliency program must also be considered when adopting cloud computing because cloud technologies are not perfect. Critical workloads must be restored quickly in case of attack or catastrophe. Restoration must be done quickly and responsibly so that there is less impact on the business process.

Monitoring is also important when the organization moves to the clouds. If the company fails to oversee the implementations in cloud computing, there is a great possibility that there will be security, satisfaction, and performance issues. A monitoring program must be actively implemented so that security threats are properly identified.

By diligently ensuring security measures are in place, the company can be a step in allaying fears of security breaches. Security plans must be reviewed regularly because new threats may be just lurking around the corner and as such the company must be prepared to deal with them.

Florence de Borja

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