Cloud Security refers to practices or strategies to protect the network, data and applications hosted or stored in the cloud. Think of it as something like cybersecurity. However, in this case, it is used to protect the cloud environment and the data stored in it from all kinds of attacks. Cloud computing, however, is still more secure and sustainable than on-premises computing. Given all the possible risks and threats to cloud computing, we tell you seven cloud security controls you should be using.
Seven cloud security controls you should be using:
Know Your Responsibility
Although there are many cloud service providers, each service provider has different access, control, and security measures. The responsibility varies from (SaaS) provider to (IaaS) providers. For instance, an enterprise using AWS (EC2 or Elastic Computing Cloud) has full controls on the operating system, data protection, and managing applications. A SaaS provider ensures that all the data and applications used are transmitted, stored, and protected securely. However, this is not the case with IaaS providers. Make sure you know who has the responsibility of which cloud security controls.
Never, never leave unencrypted data on the cloud. Cloud platforms are vulnerable to being easily accessed by unauthorized parties. So, without encryption, sensitive data could be exposed to inappropriate audiences. Ensure to have appropriate controls over who can access the server. Protecting strong and sensitive information should be the prime responsibility. The main responsibility of the data should always lay with the organization or enterprise while you can still give away the encryption key to cloud providers.
If you want to make cloud environments safe and secure you have to create an in-depth defense. This will guarantee that even if some control fails, other security components can keep the data and network safe.
Check who controls the access of what. Enterprises and businesses are faced with a challenge to control the access of their cloud services. Cloud providers must ensure that the contents of the storage drive are accessible to any and everyone just with the help of an internet connection. As a general rule of thumb, only the bastion hosts and load balancers can have accessibility with an internet connection.
Secure all Credentials
You must have unique security keys for all external services. Also, restrict access to the keys basis privilege. Don’t allow broad access to the keys as if they fall in the wrong hands, sensitive data can be stolen. A good trick is to frequently rotate the keys as it will not provide attackers the opportunity to intercept cloud servers.
All major cloud providers give enterprises and organizations some access via logging tools to constantly control security features and monitor access. In this manner, any unauthorized attempts to access the cloud server can be recognized. For instance, Amazon offers CloudTrail for inspecting AWS environments.