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Cloud Security is the set of policies, controls, and procedures configured to protect cloud-based systems and data. It consists of access control, identity and authentication management (IAM), firewalls, VPNs, and monitoring and event detection tools.

Organizations are more reliant on cloud applications, services and platforms than ever before. While the cloud offers agility and low upfront costs, it comes with its own risks. Attackers leverage password-cracking techniques, misconfigurations, and stolen credentials to breach cloud environments, which leads to financial losses, compromised information, and reputational damage.

Identify and address cloud-based threats with a holistic approach. Choose a multicloud security solution that automatically collects alert data from multiple clouds and detects deviations in user and entity behavior with behavioral analytics. A modern approach will also integrate and centralize data from your cloud providers’ solutions with data from your in-house systems and other vendor solutions to deliver a complete picture of all your infrastructure and activity.

Evaluate how your cloud security program addresses the risk of shadow IT by educating users about secure cloud usage and establishing processes to prevent the use of unauthorized cloud apps or devices for business purposes. Also, consider how you plan to segment your cloud resources, leveraging a zone approach to isolate instances, containers, and applications from each other when possible. And don’t forget about backup and redundancy, ensuring you have the proper storage and failover policies in place to minimize the impact of a data loss incident.