What Is Cloud Security?
Cloud Security focuses on the protection of data and systems stored in the cloud. It consists of several components such as Identity and Access Management (IAM), Access Controls, Threat Intelligence, Governance, and more.
Encryption is a critical cloud security technique that protects sensitive data from being leaked or stolen. This is especially important for customer credit card numbers or highly sensitive corporate research and development data.
Privacy laws are also a key part of Cloud Security. Various US and European laws require strong cloud security standards for protecting private information. Some of these regulations include the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS), Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, and others.
Networking is another big component of Cloud Security because cloud infrastructure is a networked landscape that connects providers and end-users. It is possible for a single weak device or system to penetrate this network and infect the rest.
The scope of cloud security needs to be defined and mapped to the entire ecosystem of devices, users, apps, and services. This will determine the best products to secure your complete cloud ecosystem and budget.
Solutions that don’t flood your security teams with logs, false positives and unactionable data can help you to detect real compromises faster. They should also be able to produce high confidence alerts that can easily be verified by your teams and prioritized for remediation.
A modern SIEM or XDR can augment other cloud security tools to better detect, investigate, and respond to attacks on the cloud. This is because they collect alerts from multiple cloud environments, analyze them using behavioral analytics, and deliver actionable insights to help analysts quickly identify and prioritize attack paths in your environment.