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Cloud Security is a set of tools used to protect data, applications and other resources deployed in a public or private cloud. It includes a combination of governance, compliance and control planes designed to prevent hackers from gaining access to sensitive information.

The most important aspects of Cloud Security include strong authentication methods, especially multi-factor authentication. The use of these methods can help ensure that only those with the appropriate credentials will have access to cloud resources (least privilege principle). Additionally, it is essential to limit the scope of authorizations to the data and applications required by each employee’s job role. This means that, for example, only the necessary software should be installed on a computer.

It is also essential to encrypt data at rest and in transit. This means that when a piece of data is being moved from one place to another in the cloud, it is encrypted so that attackers cannot read it. This is especially important in a hybrid or multi-cloud environment where data can be moved between different cloud providers.

Companies should also look for solutions that provide visibility into a multicloud environment from a single management platform. This way they can identify potential vulnerabilities and address them before they become threats. Finally, they should consider deploying business-critical workloads in logically isolated sections of the cloud provider’s network using virtual private clouds and granular security policies at subnet gateways. This can improve performance and security by limiting the exposure of sensitive data to external networks.