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For a secure cloud

The cloud has forever altered the business landscape. Its presence changes everything — how fast business happens, how data flows, what’s even possible. Security in the era of cloud has taken on a whole new level of urgency and complexity. What’s required to be successful? A new approach.

Far from lift and shift

It is a fair, though incorrect, assumption that security in the cloud (private, public, or hybrid) is the same as security in fully on-premises environments. There are key differences between traditional IT and modern IT that make legacy security models unfit for today’s demands.

Areas to consider include:

  • Authentication methods and access controls
  • Encryption and data privacy
  • Governance, Risk, and Compliance (GRC)
  • Data protection and retention policies
  • Multicloud and hybrid cloud architectures


What types of cloud platforms and consumption models a company has adopted will also bear on security decisions. Overall, it’s key to acknowledge that perimeter-based approaches fall short in cloud environments, and cloud service providers aren’t responsible for spanning the gap.

We can help you evaluate your security program before, during, or after cloud adoption to ensure you take the proper precautions to protect your business. Assess your existing security program, set new controls, implement modern tools, and adapt when emerging threats require it — we can show you how.

Cloud, then security. Right?

It’s essential to evaluate data and workloads and make sure the appropriate security measures are in place prior to public cloud deployment.

“Moving Workloads to the Public Cloud? Don’t Forget About Security.” offers best practices for creating a strategy for using the public cloud as securely as possible.

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Extending governance to the cloud

Whether you see it as a piece of GRC or as a general foundation of policies and enforcement protocols, governance is a critical tool to help organizations measure and guide decisions that impact overall security posture.

When it comes to the cloud, effective governance ensures the consistency, performance, cost-efficiency, and security of the environment. In its absence, it’s all too easy to consume resources beyond allocated budgets, inadequately protect cloud data, and leave vulnerabilities for cyberattackers to exploit.

Insight Cloud + Data Center Transformation (CDCT) has a robust security and cloud practice. Through consulting, professional, and managed services, we can support your organization in scaling your cloud footprint while controlling costs and risk to meet business requirements.

The importance of IAM

Organizations with workloads in the cloud should be rethinking their Identity and Access Management (IAM) strategy. Least privilege should be identified for each workload to control who has access to business data — and who doesn’t. And as more workers are stationed remotely, and cloud environments expand, IAM becomes even more crucial.

Mature strategies will factor:

  • User types and business roles
  • Identity types and subtypes
  • Layered approaches involving role-based access control, zero trust, and more
  • Authentications and authorization mechanisms
  • IAM system options
 

The whitepaper “Mastering Identity and Access Management” offers a comprehensive overview of the subject. You can also watch this video to hear a Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) discuss how he’s building an IAM program to maintain compliance and enable productivity while managing a growing remote workforce.

Security at work

For many organizations, simply unburying the security team out from under the mountain of constant alerts is priority. The underlying question is, how do you manage day-to-day security needs with strategic initiatives to transform security throughout the enterprise?

The answer is putting in place a Security Operations Center (SOC) that is modern and well-managed. With adequate staffing, processes, policies, and tool sets, it becomes possible to achieve both near- and long-term security objectives.

CDCT can help your organization optimize your security operations through consultative engagements. We also offer our innovative Virtual CISO program, Services for Azure Sentinel, and Managed Security services.

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Governance and the Cloud: Creating Security, Efficiency, and Cost Control

When you shift the perspective of governance to include cloud environments, new and different considerations come into view. Watch this LinkedIn Live session with two of our cloud security experts.

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Incident Response services

As the saying goes, “If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail.” Ensure your organization is prepared to prevent and effectively respond to a cyberattack with our proactive and reactive services.

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