The benefits of good cloud security
Multiple layers of defense
Standard best practices require cloud security to adopt a defense-in-depth strategy. This well-known approach to securing important assets, such as cloud data, means cloud providers deploy numerous, diverse defense tactics to provide full, dynamic coverage against attacks — both internal or external.
Automated cloud monitoring
Innovative cloud providers use cloud automation to provide best-in-class security. Automation helps detect misconfigurations, monitor and enforce security protocols, drive updates, audit access logs and evolve to continually better meet an organization’s risk management goals.
Disaster recovery preparedness
A cloud provider should protect and back up data so it can be replicated in more than one place. This ensures your data in the cloud is available even if the datacenter site experiences a disaster, such as a flood, power outage or fire, as well as during a cyberattack. Geographically dispersed cloud datacenters help here.
High data availability
Cloud computing security provides redundant configurations for critical systems and makes your critical data and content continuously available in the cloud, regardless of attacks or disasters.
Ideally, data segmentation across on-premise and cloud resources can help separate data and/or workflows. This can help prevent lateral attacks and improve compliance efforts. Additionally, it provides the opportunity to assign different security parameter and authentication rules depending on the data segment. In practice, this means data sets or content can only be accessed by users and hosts specifically approved to do so.
Immediate incident response
Cloud infrastructure with incident response capabilities such as automated cloud monitoring can save compliance fines, alert the team to threats before they succeed and speed security responses.
Data breaches cost organizations more than just time and money to respond to the attack. For those whose data gets exposed, their reputation and customer trust take a hit, too.
Cloud security infrastructure should meet all of your compliance needs, from SOC 2 to HIPAA, GDPR and ISO. Most cloud providers leverage a shared responsibility model to deliver cloud compliance.
Modern cloud environments can quickly scale security updates and protocols to keep your data safe against emerging or detected threats.