Best practices for Cloud Security monitoring

by | Jan 29, 2020 | Blog

Increased use of cloud computing may increase the risk of a cybersecurity breach. therefore, monitoring is a critical component of cloud security and management. This assures that the cloud infrastructure and platform function optimally while minimizing the risk of costly data breaches.

 

The risks of Cloud Computing

As cloud adoption grows, companies need to develop a robust cloud security posture.  Unlike an on-premise data center, with cloud computing, responsibility for mitigating the risks is shared between the Cloud Service Provider (CSP) and the cloud consumer.

For the consumer, a primary concern is the lack of visibility.  That is, consumers are unable to determine the exact location where their data is stored or processed. Another risk is that on-demand self-service simplifies unauthorized access.  Indeed, a CSP can be compromised leading to stolen credentials or loss of stored data.

The potential security risks of cloud usage warrant the implementation of a secure cloud roadmap to implement proper security measures.’

Cloud Security Monitoring: the “what”, “how” and “why”

Monitoring is a critical component of cloud security and management. It supervises virtual and physical servers to continuously assess and measure data, application, or infrastructure behaviors for potential security threats. This assures that the cloud infrastructure and platform function optimally while minimizing the risk of costly data breaches.

There are several approaches to cloud security monitoring. It can be done in the cloud platform itself, using an existing security management tool, or via a third-party service provider. Some of the key capabilities of cloud security monitoring include scalability, visibility, real-time scanning, integration of a wide range of CSPs, auditing and reporting.

Best practices for Cloud Security monitoring 

One of the most effective ways to mitigate cloud security risks is to gain strict controls over data at all endpoints. Solutions that scan, analyze, and take action on data before it leaves the enterprise network, provide a good first line of defense against data loss via the cloud and can avoid the introduction of vulnerabilities.

Likewise, effective cloud monitoring solutions can scan, evaluate, and classify data before it’s downloaded to the enterprise network, thus avoiding malware and other malicious elements that could create vulnerabilities, leaving the company open to data breaches. Coupled with the scanning and auditing of data already stored in the cloud, real-time monitoring at the point of exit and entry is highly effective for enterprises that require comprehensive security while still utilizing the benefits of the cloud.

Challenges and Benefits

Monitoring the cloud also comes with some challenges. For example, traditional configurations involving log management or correlation, and event management (SIEM) tools aren’t routinely configured to adapt to dynamic environments. Or, assets and applications may move between systems that may not necessarily have the same level of security monitoring.

However, cloud monitoring comes with a lot of benefits. It provides an easier way to identify patterns and pinpoint potential security vulnerabilities in cloud infrastructure. As there is a general perception of a loss of control when valuable data is stored in the cloud, effective cloud monitoring can put companies at ease with transferring and storing data.

When customer data is stored in the cloud, monitoring it can prevent loss of business and frustrations for customers by ensuring that their data is safe. Cloud monitoring enables companies to find the balance between the ability to mitigate risks and taking advantage of the benefits of the cloud – and it should do so without hindering business processes.

Using a third-party service provider

Organizations need to verify its security is intact and to have secure user identity management, authentication, data recovery policies, and access control mechanisms in place. Moreover, as said before, a third-party service provider can be really helpful to solve these concerns.

Advoqt’s team of cloud security experts has completed dozens of cloud security engagements. We execute roadmaps and give stakeholders actionable recommendations to safeguard data. We also conduct security assessments on production systems.

We give you peace of mind by configuring your cloud environment for maximum control and security. Learn more about our Cloud Security Services.

 

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