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Cloud Security – Why It’s Important

The growing popularity of cloud computing means that companies need to protect their information from hackers, cybercriminals and the latest malware. In addition, they need to comply with data regulations such as the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS).

Managing Security in a Hybrid and Multicloud Environment

The cloud enables organizations to centralize their application and data assets in a single, secure location. But it also presents new challenges to securing these assets and supporting business continuity in the event of a disaster.

Typical cloud security issues include the misuse of default credentials, compromised accounts, unmanaged user access, insecure cloud applications and unauthorized connections to on-premises systems. In addition, users may gain privileged access to cloud services, bypassing controls on the traditional network perimeter and potentially exposing sensitive data and applications.

Identity and Access Management in the Cloud

As more cloud applications move to microservice-based architectures, it’s critical to manage access and identity privileges across the entire application lifecycle. In many cloud environments, a wide range of user roles are configured very loosely, granting extensive privileges to users who have no business needing such access.

Endpoint Protection in the Cloud

Managing endpoints and devices in a single, centralized system is essential for traffic analysis, web filtering and threat detection. A centralization approach also streamlines monitoring and event management, reduces software and policy updates, and makes disaster recovery easier to implement and respond to.