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How Organizations Can Enhance their Cloud Security

Cloud adoption continues to grow as the new normal in the enterprise IT landscape. According to Gartner, the global public cloud market will surpass $260 Bn by 2020-end, meanwhile, expectations from CSPs for cloud security will also grow higher. CIOs are looking to ready their organizations to sustain in the upcoming turn of events. They are following differentiated approaches to the cloud, developing formal strategies to integrate their individual cloud decisions into enterprise objectives.

Security breaches are on the rise. Several organizations are confronting cyberattacks amid the increasing sophistication, persistence, and novel approaches of cybercriminals. Organizations continue to face an expensive toll entailed by the loss of confidential records, customer data and intellectual property, which results in reputation damage. Following are some of the influencers of security breaches.

  • Lack of cloud security awareness among consumers
  • Compromisable user access controls
  • Loss of data without backup
  • Insider threats
  • Insecure APIs
  • Improper logging and monitoring
  • Advanced persistent and malware threats

The foremost cloud security imperative for organizations right now is to focus on early detection & response and feed the lessons learnt to the prevention & detection controls.

Cloud Security Involves Shared Responsibility

The prime source of damaging data leaks and breaches is a misconfigured cloud environment, which raises serious risks for enterprises. Organizations must better understand where the responsibility of their cloud security lies and how can their IT teams and respective cloud providers come up with the best resolutions. Most organizations, large and small, have been moving their data to the cloud to leverage its cost-effectiveness, efficiency, and flexibility.

Responsibility of cloud security is a shared one, between the respective cloud service provider (CSP) and organization. Some of the key rules have been explained below.

  • In the case of software-as-a-service (SaaS), organizations are responsible for only the interfaces and the data. The rest is taken care of by the CSPs.
  • In the case of platform-as-a-service (PaaS), CSPs take on more responsibilities, however, organizations are still responsible for the data, interfaces and applications.
  • In the case of infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS), CSPs are responsible for managing hypervisors, data processing, interfaces, and physical infrastructure. On the other hand, organizations are responsible for managing and securing the virtual network, operating systems, data, interfaces, applications, middleware and virtual machines.

In every case, organizations are responsible for access control, where most misconfigurations materialize. In addition, most organizations operate multiple models based on their business requirements and objectives.

cSecure – Blazeclan’s Unparalleled Cloud Security Framework

Blazeclan’s cSecure is a robust cloud security framework that helps organizations accelerate their cloud transformation. The framework covers customer shared responsibilities for addressing cybersecurity risks. cSecure takes care of the cloud security consulting along with the compliance and governance of the cloud infrastructure.

cSecure’s Methodology Involves

Secure by Design: It covers infrastructure provisioning to organizations based on security guidelines. Also, it offers an in-depth defence approach for multilayered security and secures application design by following industry best practices. 

Continuous Logging & Monitoring: Native as well as third-party SIEM tools are leveraged for providing robust security. All the activities of applications and infrastructure are logged for effective tracking and audit. To create an effective response strategy, all of the security events are continuously monitored.

Compliance & Governance: Regular audits are conducted to rid any deflection from following best practices and guidelines. Regular, planned meetings are carried out between Blazeclan and its customers for reviewing the compliance level and security posture. 

cSecure Offerings include:

Cloud Security Consulting: Secure cloud foundation, cloud account auditing & resilience, network vulnerability, scanning & management, web application security & penetration testing, antivirus/antimalware, web application firewall (WAF), and cloud perimeter security.

Cloud Security Center: Security information and event management (SIEM), threat intelligence, end-user behavior analytics, incident detection & response, and endpoint detection & response.

Compliance and Governance: Cloud infrastructure visibility for asset tracking & management, cloud infrastructure compliance against agreed standards – CIS, PCI DSS, HIPAA etc., and scheduled & on-demand, automated compliance & governance reporting.

cSecure has been aiding organizations in enhancing their security posture over the past few years, by leveraging advanced threat detection technologies. This security framework rids all the false positives and focuses only on real, potential threats. With cSecure, organizations can automatically stop as well as remediate detected threats with the help of Blazeclan’s next-generation technology.

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