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Prioritizing Cloud Security in a Cloud-First Approach

Enterprises embracing a move to the cloud must prioritize cloud security to protect data and the enterprise network. As enterprises experience the benefits of housing certain business processes in the cloud, many are taking a cloud-first approach, employing the mindset that Everything as a Service (XaaS) is the ultimate goal for digital transformation. While prioritizing cloud services comes with cost savings, better agility and performance, and a host of other benefits, it also requires a prioritization of cloud security.

Enterprises should keep security at the center of their process in choosing a cloud services provider. Ultimately, data belongs to your company and is your responsibility, but it’s important to identify a provider whose terms and conditions align well with your enterprise. There should also be a discussion of data sovereignty, as well as who will be responsible for damages in the event of a breach.

The decision to place data in the cloud is enough of a risk to warrant a careful plan to protect assets. An initial cloud security plan needs to address the exposure that occurs as soon as the data leaves your company’s system. Encryption is a critical step, and should be done before the data hits the cloud provider’s server.

A Hybrid Approach to Cloud Security

Your company must also decide which types of data you want to store in the cloud. You may determine that it’s prudent to store more critical data on-premises and within your own security.

As a result, prioritizing cloud security often lends itself as an argument for a hybrid cloud environment. The IT team is able to retain a high level of visibility into the security of mission-critical data, while your company enjoys cost savings on cloud storage of cold and non-critical data.

A Solution for Cloud Security

Identifying ways for your enterprise to capitalize on the benefits of cloud storage while emphasizing the importance of cloud security presents a challenge, but there are options that can make cloud storage more secure.

An important step is to increase the authentication that devices require before granting access to publicly-stored cloud data. This allows your organization to retain control over who can access the data and from which devices. Enterprises can add a variety of conditions, including who the user is, their location, what types of data they are attempting to access and the device they are using.

Enterprises can set up a virtual private cloud (VPC) to increase visibility with a virtual layer, but it would be better to take your company’s own firewall, virtualize it, and put it in the cloud as an added layer of protection. This allows the IT team to see the entire system from a single cloud security management platform.

T2 has contacts across the industry, bringing enterprises the best the 21st century has to offer in cloud, connectivity, and collaboration partners. Our expert staff connects companies with the right providers for the services they need and manages day-to-day operations so that all they see is the end result. Contact us to see if a partnership with T2 is a good fit for your company.

 

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