Tip # 3: Protecting the most value: the data
Companies need to focus on what is most important to them, which is their main asset. And data is often this valuable asset. According to McAfeeMany companies are looking to secure their data by restricting access to it. Unfortunately, this is not the ideal solution, especially in a hybrid network. To identify their level of risk they must perform continuous security testing to improve the overall security process of the hybrid infrastructure. Key management (encryption or secret) is also critical for cloud data protection, as is encryption for virtual disks. Continually carry out inventories of its IT park to gain visibility and standardize the security policy are also the means to implement to protect the data.
Tip # 4: Consolidate Policies and Access Rights
Skyhigh’s (2016) survey of cloud usage revealed that an average company was using more than 1,400 different cloud services. Similarly, an employee used an average of 36 distinct cloud services at work (collaboration services, file sharing or content …).
In order to better manage the use of these different services, grouping access to them is the best option. While cloud providers offer to join identities, identity management solutions offer unique connection portals. The best practice to set up, to reduce the security risks due to multiple connections is to have a single authentication (unique to each user of course).
Tip # 5: gain visibility for a more efficient and secure cloud
In addition to protecting data and managing identities and access, it is necessary for a company to have visibility. Gaining visibility on its cloud infrastructure is improving its management and security. Know in real time what resources and data are used by which users to be proactive in managing potential security breaches.
Security solutions integrating an API make it possible in particular to list all the infrastructure, to detect the bad configurations exploitable by the hackers and to bring them to the attention of the technical teams so that they are corrected before the creation malware. In addition, you can perform vulnerability scans continuously if you choose Elastic Workload Protector to better understand your risk of cyber attacks.
Tip # 6: Automate security policies
Once users are connected individually and visibility is enhanced, a strict and unique security policy for the entire IT fleet needs to be developed. The rules may differ depending on the Cloud services, but the overall policy must be the same. In addition, the ideal is to centralize the management of this security strategy.
Policies, as well as efforts to increase visibility, also give the company a better chance of locating abnormal behavior or a flaw. By setting rules and looking for malicious behavior, IT security teams can detect attackers before they have time to do damage.
Security teams alone do not have the time to continually check the entire IT fleet, which is why automatic cloud security analysis solutions, like the one mentioned in the previous paragraph, exist.
Tip 7: Reduce complexity and improve management with indicators
It is difficult to conceive of driving a car without knowing its speed or fuel level, the same goes for the management of a company and safety. To improve the security of every cloud project, organizations need data about their performance. Measuring success is important, as is knowing your weaknesses. Visibility and security are all the more important as a company’s cloud projects grow, as the complexity issues of the hybrid cloud will only grow.
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