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The term Cloud Security refers to procedures and technologies that protect data, applications, and workloads in the cloud. These technologies are often needed when an organization implements a digital transformation strategy and incorporates cloud-based tools and services into its infrastructure.

While the cloud may take away the burden of maintaining infrastructure and securing assets, accountability for protecting these assets and ensuring compliance doesn’t shift with it. To ensure these data assets are secure, IT teams need to consider security measures like encrypting data at rest and in transit, enforcing standards and best practices with a cloud posture management solution, and implementing a cloud-native firewall.

To address these risks, organizations can use a cloud security solution that can help them achieve a comprehensive and unified view of their private, public, hybrid and multicloud environments. This includes cloud infrastructure entitlement management (CIEM) solutions that provide visibility into the permissions that have been granted to users across their private and public clouds, which mitigates the risk of breaches, data exfiltration transmissions, and other unauthorized activities. It also includes identity and access management, which helps organizations enforce policies for users in multitenant environments and ensures the right data is delivered to the right user, at the right time, through a flexible policy engine designed for elastic, ephemeral workloads.

Regulatory compliance management is a challenge in the cloud, because it can be difficult to keep track of all the controls and changes as resources scale up or down. To overcome this, IT can look to cloud security solutions that can automatically discover and classify regulated cloud data for easy compliance management and reporting.