5 tips for better cloud security

As cloud adoption soars to new heights, security standards have failed to keep pace. Organizations need to start taking responsibility for their own cloud security and these five practical tips will help.

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There’s no doubt that widespread adoption of the cloud has enabled collaboration on a much greater scale, driving innovation and creativity. Distributed workforces can work harmoniously, IT departments can offload expensive hardware and maintenance costs, and organizations can benefit from the latest developments in software tools. But inevitably there’s a catch.

Security has been forgotten in the excitement. Many companies have made the dangerous assumption that cloud service providers are responsible, a notion quickly dispelled in the event of a costly data breach. There are lots of different cloud security threats to worry about, so it’s vital to craft a strong, comprehensive cloud security strategy.

To that end, here are five steps you can take today to improve your cloud security.

Establish full visibility

Organizations grow organically, acquiring and adopting new tools that must be integrated with legacy systems and building new relationships with different vendors and partners. A hybrid cloud environment, with data spread between on-premises servers and multiple external cloud services, is not unusual. Growing complexity can make it difficult to maintain a big picture view.

When 570 cybersecurity and IT professionals were asked about the biggest headaches in trying to protect cloud workloads, visibility into infrastructure security was the top answer at 43 percent, followed by compliance (38%), and setting consistent security policies (35%). You can’t secure your cloud environment, no matter what it looks like, without having it fully mapped and establishing real-time visibility.

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