Deploying Practices for an Effectively Secure Cloud Environment
There has been a rapid increase in adoption of new and innovative technologies, right from hardware
platforms to mini-computers, personal computers, smartphones and scripting languages specific to a
device or network. The recent technology in high demand is the cloud computing or virtualization model.
With the evolvolution of technologies it has become imperative to even revamp the IT architectures for
The mainframe platforms are secure with the maintenance of firewalls and closed networks. A reliable
firewall system and anti-virus software provides fairly good security for the client/server models. The
current cloud environment provides you a variety of security measures such as firewalls, intrusion
prevention processes, network access control and web security, endpoint protection and vulnerability
assessment services, email security etc. It is a good practice to capitalize on these facilities for a
successful cloud migration operation.
As the pressure mounts for increasing the efficiency, reliability, flexibility and disaster recovery capabilities
of your business it is extremely necessary to provide security to every cloud environment that is in
operation such as the application hosting clouds, the web hosting clouds, the infrastructure clouds,
custom application clouds and security as a service cloud. Each of these cloud environments is replete
with risks that can exploit the weaknesses in your entire business operation and cause you immense
damage. The applications and the users are now vulnerable targets for the hackers as the\operating
systems have become impenetrable.
The security policies, the CA and LDAP directories that are used for storing keys in the cloud environment
are still vulnerable. You must have security systems that can be customized for individual clouds based
on their specific roles, and the security systems must leverage interoperability and distribution of
information on the potential threats. To achieve this objective you must implement the encryption
technology for real-time detection and remediation of the threats. Data that travels from one cloud to
another and through various devices must be competently secure.
Encryption adds value to your security vulnerability assessment tools and enhances their effectiveness. It
provides real DLP remediation when it is combined with content awareness. When combined with the
security policy engines it provides evidence of data center compliance that is aligned with the latest
requirements. When combined with federated ID and authentication it provides an exhaustive audit trail of
the data that has been accessed with the user’s details and the time when the data was accessed.
Another vital factor that you must consider is to have a comprehensive and scalable infrastructure for
facilitating authentication of people, processes and technologies amongst themselves.
The cloud technology is relatively new and it will take some time to develop security systems that will
deliver its optimum results. However, you can take a positive step to start building a secured infrastructure
and a safe future for your business.
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