With cloud computing materializing into significant cost savings for many companies, it’s no wonder that more than four out of five organizations are now using the technology in some form. According to one report, 84 percent of CIOs said they were able to cut costs by moving applications to the cloud.
Yet, the transition to cloud computing is not without its concerns. Based on a recent survey by the AFCOM State of the Data Center, security was cited by one third of the respondents as one of the leading concerns about implementing a cloud architecture. Additionally, Juniper Research predicted that the global cost of data breaches could reach $2.1 trillion by 2019.
How are you implementing security for your cloud and virtualization platforms? Here are 4 tips to improve your cloud security.
- Implement intelligent security. Instead of relying on security that can only detect previously identified threats, deploy a security solution that can detect irregular or atypical behaviors that could signal a potential security threat.
- Establish a user policy. Not all threats to your business are external. Whether or not intentional, employees can put the security of your business at risk. Set up a system that allows you to quickly identify suspicious behavior by users or a more extensive data breach.
- Evaluate cloud service providers’ security. It’s not enough to trust that your cloud service provider’s security procedures are adequate. It’s important to review any security policies and procedures beforehand. According to a study by CompTIA, 85 percent of cloud users said they were confident or very confident in their provider’s security — although only 3 out of 10 had conducted a comprehensive review of the providers’ security policies. CompTIA said, “it is important to back up this trust by evaluating cloud providers further in areas such as encryption policies and disaster recovery plans.”
- Use intuitive management. Just as virtualization and cloud computing have expanded your data center capacity, so should your security platform be able to accommodate those multiple needs. An intuitive security management console can handle numerous data center and virtualization points, allowing for increased visibility.
When shifting to the cloud, it’s understandable that security can become a concern, said Jim Hamilton, vice president of CompTIA. “Most security concerns revolve around system outages and data loss,” he said. “By mapping out how to respond to these concerns, organizations can move forward knowing their security is covered.”