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The Cloud makes everything internet-accessible, so it’s critical to limit access based on context. It’s also important to have a backup solution in case of data loss and a response plan in place if there is a breach. It’s also important to ensure that only authorized devices can access the data and the infrastructure.

To build a strong cloud security posture, organizations need visibility into all the applications, devices, data, and networks that reside in their cloud environment. This includes identifying all the different workloads (VMs, containers, Kubernetes, microservices, serverless functions, databases, etc.). This visibility is necessary to prevent misconfigurations, which are the number one vulnerability in the cloud and enable attackers to steal information, access infrastructure, and disrupt business operations.

A multicloud security platform that provides this visibility into the entire cloud environment is essential for ensuring that all of these elements are monitored, secured, and protected against breaches and threats. Lacework, McAfee’s multicloud security platform, continually monitors cloud deployments and alerts when changes are detected. It also provides context into the different cloud assets, workloads, APIs, and accounts that are being utilized in the cloud to identify potential threats.

It’s important for businesses to educate employees about the importance of using only trusted cloud services and never to use unauthorized ones. If employees do use unauthorized cloud services on company devices, it opens them up to malware infections, data leaks, and legal issues. Additionally, it’s important to implement password management best practices and secure authentication methods such as two-factor authentication.