There’s no question, cybersecurity is a hot priority for today’s CISOs. This is likely the result of attacks on more that 15 major corporations this year alone. However, what many IT organizations may not know is that, in the cloud, the exposure and attack surfaces are greater. Added to that is the increasing difficulty of managing compliance requirements that were initially developed for on-premises data centers that now must be applied to cloud workloads. The bottom-line? Protecting data in the cloud requires special attention.

Safeguard Your Cloud Data from a Cyber Attack

Supporting easy, cost effective storage, the cloud is quickly becoming a primary choice for today’s data. But easier storage equals greater data exposure to risk. Perhaps access keys to the cloud-based data haven’t been properly secured (as in one recent breach) or storage services were accidentally left open to the public (as in another widely publicized data exposure). Cloud instances must be protected with extreme attention to secure them from malicious actors.

Watch this video of Ankur Shah, vice president of products at RedLock to see how to safeguard yourself from cyberattacks.

Risks to Cloud Infrastructure Security

As you look at the best ways to protect your cloud data from malicious attacks and dangerous data breaches, it’s important to know the top security risks you face in the cloud. First, most security teams don’t have the visibility and control they need for cloud data. This means that they may not be properly aware of the new events as they happen. Second, because the cloud increases your attack vectors, you need to be especially vigilant so that malicious users don’t break through, hacking your application or extracting data.

To protect your cloud data, it’s recommended that you employ continuous configuration and compliance monitoring so sensitive data doesn’t become exposed. You should also leverage advanced user behavior analytics so that you can discover when accounts or access keys are compromised, or insider threats are imminent. Finally, it’s advised that you leverage a network intrusion detection solution so that you can see not only what is happening in the environment, but what could go wrong. Through these capabilities, along with complete visibility of the cloud environment, you can enable all aspects of security for your cloud environment.

Watch this video of Ankur Shah to learn what you need to know about cloud infrastructure security.

Stay Compliant in the Cloud

Compliance in the cloud can be just a critical as security. From healthcare to financial services, and every industry in between, compliance regulations such as HIPPA, PCI, CIS, NIST and GDPR are vital. And adhering to them in the cloud can be a challenge.

Why? Many compliance requirements were written years ago and not designed to be carried out in the cloud. As such, it can be hard to take these guidelines and map them to the cloud environment. You need automation tools that will help you map the framework and standards to the cloud with reporting mechanisms so that you can quickly see what is wrong in the environment for the rapid attention needed for remediation.

Watch this video where Ankur Shah discusses how to stay compliant when migrating to the cloud.

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