Securing the Cloud Infrastructure
Cloud infrastructure is a term used to describe the components needed for cloud computing, which includes hardware, abstracted resources, storage, and network resources. Think of cloud infrastructure as the tools needed to build a cloud. In order to host services and applications in the cloud, you need cloud infrastructure. Some task of cloud infrastructure is simplifying management, hosting data, providing services amongst others.
There are many different types of Cloud, Public, Private, Hybrid, SaaS, PaaS, IaaS to name a few.
Organisations must partner with a cloud service provider that delivers the best built-in security protocols and conforms to the highest levels of industry standards. A trusted and professional cloud partner not only guides the organisations on their journey toward cloud adoption, but also takes proactive measures to enhance their cloud security continuously. Creating a shared responsibility model provides clear responsibilities to both parties and prevents security incidents that otherwise happen due to oversights. As unauthorised access to the cloud data is a persistent risk, organisations must deploy a high-quality identity and access management (IAM) solution to define and enforce access policies and usage of multi-factor authentication and role-specific access to minimize risks of credentials compromise or data misuse. Organisations must continuously revisit and upgrade their endpoints by implementing and updating firewalls, anti-malware, intrusion detection, access control and other measures. With the cloud landscape changing so fast, organisations must frequently revisit their security policies and ensure they align with current security threats.
In the pre-COVID-19 world, enterprises often regarded cloud security as an additional layer on the existing infrastructure. However, when billions of people worldwide had to switch to a digital workspace almost overnight due to COVID-19, enterprises realised that security is not an additional layer atop the existing infrastructure, but a fundamental requirement that directly impacts workforce productivity and collaboration.