Securing the cloud, in all its varieties — public, private and hybrid —requires several protocols and a well-thought-out security infrastructure that corrals the appropriate defenses for an enterprise’s computing needs. Cloud security products install barriers – both physical and virtual — around cloud computing to protect enterprises from data loss, intellectual property theft, and privacy attacks.
Who is Responsible to Protect the Cloud?
A substantial amount of data transfers in and out of the cloud. In fact, McAfee’s research finds that 97 percent of organizations use the cloud. When it comes to assigning responsibility for securing the cloud, is the enterprise responsible or is the cloud service provider (CSP)? Overall, the security responsibility is shared; however, the portion of responsibility varies between the two as it depends on the type of cloud the enterprise incorporates, whether it’s a public, private, or hybrid cloud. The security precautions include securing data and maintaining compliance regulations. It’s important to stress that an enterprise should review its service level agreement (SLA) with the CSP to ensure security meets the enterprise’s needs and to review which security tasks each entity is responsible to maintain.
Types of Cloud Security Products
When building a security infrastructure, it’s important to install the buttresses to block any infiltration attempt. On top of that, it’s also wise to constantly research security news to stay updated on the latest threats and the newest security products. Gartner states that “in 2018, the 60 [percent] of enterprises that implement appropriate cloud visibility and control tools will experience one-third fewer security failures.”
Here’s a review of the types of cloud security products and measures enterprises may opt to include in their cloud security armory:
- Secure internet connection
- Secure email
- Intrusion Detection and/or Prevention Systems (IDS/IPS), which “look at overall traffic patterns as well as the actual contents of the messages.”
- Secure SaaS applications
- Network Performance Management, a tool that monitors and detects performance issues within a network.
- Multicloud Network Protection
- Multicloud workload protection
- Key Management
- Centrally managed access control
- Both physical and virtual firewalls
- Two-step authentication products
- Cloud Security Access Broker (CASB), which focuses “on Identity and Access Management (IAM) permissions management and the protection of sensitive data.”
- URL Filtering
- Data Loss Prevention Tool (DLP)