Your business, like most others nowadays, probably relies on the cloud. It's a smart move, but if you're not careful, you could end up with all your data at the mercy of a single vendor. A multi-cloud strategy results in cost savings, reduced downtime, and better redundancy but comes with a nasty side effect: it's harder to manage data and ensure security.
Here’s how to tackle the information security and governance challenges of multi-cloud IT:
Rethinking your perimeter
Cybersecurity and data governance used to be a lot simpler when everything was stored in in-house servers. But the risk of a single point of failure was enormous. Today, an organization’s data environment expands far beyond the workspace to incorporate multiple cloud-hosted resources, some of which may be hosted in data centers in different states or even different countries.
Your physical perimeter no longer has any impact on security, since it’s often impossible to know exactly where your data lives. Traditional countermeasures, such as antivirus software and network firewalls safeguard the devices in your office, but they do little for cloud-hosted resources. Instead, you need to think about protecting data with things like centrally managed access rights and two-factor authentication (2FA).
Organizations in West Palm Beach need to reevaluate how they stop known and unknown threats and the key is a proactive approach to security. No two multi-cloud environments are exactly alike, which means you need a unique security architecture for your unique cloud environment.
Gaining visibility into data
A cohesive and scalable system for managing and monitoring the flow of data between multiple cloud providers and local networks is critical for security and privacy. Most cloud services come with built-in features to show where your data lives and which controls are in place to protect it. However, you’re playing with fire if you don’t incorporate a human element.
For example, any organization that collects healthcare data on US citizens must be compliant with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), but some cloud service providers (CSPs) outside of the country may not be fully compliant. In short, having data hosted in systems offshore — which is smart for disaster recovery planning (DRP) — may complicate compliance.
If you’re adopting a multi-cloud strategy, you need to reduce your dependence on native security tools. Instead, you need a centrally managed solution helmed by a trained expert. That’s the key to total control and data visibility.
We recommend starting with a data loss prevention (DLP) framework, single sign-on (SSO) solution, and multifactor authentication (MFA) requirement. However, each cloud service in your operational portfolio needs to support the same standardized set of security protocols and controls.
Including your on-premises systems
Upgrading to a multi-cloud system doesn’t mean all of your existing security practices are suddenly obsolete and irrelevant. You still need to secure every device used for work which is connected to the web or your corporate network and all local data still needs updated safeguards. The hard part comes from adding security and administrative controls which can integrate with existing on-premises resources while also staying in sync with cloud solutions.
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