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Cloud Security

Cloud Security focuses on protecting data stored in the cloud, preventing data leaks and exposures, and protecting applications that are used to access or store sensitive or confidential information. It also includes the use of encryption, and the management of identity and access.

Cloud security involves a shared responsibility model between the provider and the enterprise. This means that the provider offers a set of tools and services, but the ultimate responsibility for securing the environment lies with the organization itself. It is important for organizations to understand this model and how it works to ensure that they take the appropriate steps to secure their cloud environments.

It is essential that strong authentication methods are implemented, especially for administrative tasks in the cloud. This should be based on two-factor authentication, multi-factor authentication and/or biometrics. In addition, passwords should be changed regularly and should never be hard-coded into an application. The location of servers, the data protection status of the countries in which a service is provided, and fair terms of use should be considered when selecting a provider.

A unified cloud security platform provides a single, streamlined view of the environment and the insight to security activities and operational capabilities needed to detect and mitigate threats. A CASB offers the best defense against today’s people-centric attacks, as opposed to traditional perimeter-based threats. In addition, a CASB must offer protection for all workload traffic-north-south and east-west-and provide visibility into the cloud environment.