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Cloud Security

Cloud Security is the ability to secure data hosted in the cloud and protect access from malicious actors. It is critical for organizations deploying applications, services, and infrastructure in the cloud.

Securing the cloud is a shared responsibility between clients and cloud service providers (CSPs). Clients are responsible for the configuration of their operating environment, safe usage habits, and ensuring any end-user hardware or networks are properly secured.

CSPs are responsible for protecting the infrastructure and data that their customers store in their facilities, and they have a wide range of tools and techniques at their disposal to do so. One way they do this is by enhancing boundaries between tenants as part of their standard services, which ensures that a customer cannot view another tenant’s data. Additionally, many CSPs have procedures and technology in place to prevent their own employees from viewing customer data.

In addition, the federal government created the FedRAMP program to provide a standardized process for reviewing and authorizing CSPs’ security controls. This allows agencies to inherit the CSP’s security controls and provides a level of oversight that would be impossible to achieve by only using their own on-premises systems.

When it comes to securing data in the cloud, encryption is essential. Encryption scrambles data so that it can only be read by authorized parties. This helps prevent attackers from leaked information, selling stolen data, or performing additional attacks on a company’s systems and devices. Encryption should be implemented at rest and in transit, for example when data is stored on a server or being sent between locations.