On June 22, 2016

Enterprise Security in a Cloud Society

Today’s security landscape is complex. As applications and data continually move toward cloud infrastructure, it becomes increasingly difficult to protect them adequately. This can be especially true for enterprises using Amazon Web Services (AWS) for their applications. While AWS is a powerful tool, securing around it may be outside the expertise of many IT teams. Following are some of our best practices for securing the network when the enterprise uses cloud technology.

Integration

Part of a successful security protocol is that it’s integrated into a continuous deployment strategy. Solutions should be automatically updated and actively scanned to find vulnerabilities or attempted infiltration quickly. With so many configuration management tools available to help automate the update/patching process, doing so is accessible to any business.

Scalability

One of the main benefits of moving applications and data into the cloud is its enormous flexibility where scaling is concerned. Increasing or decreasing the expanse of the network or its protection should not depend upon hardware. There are numerous security solutions on the market today that integrate with AWS without the need to spend on additional hardware as growth occurs.

Evolution

New threats arise daily. For the best protection, it’s critical that the solution is dynamic and is updated continuously to test for the most current threats. In addition, seeking unusual performance or activity using behavior-learning software can help prevent new types of hacker strategies from being successful. We believe that by continuing to develop and grow our security strategy, our customers are less likely to suffer a breach.

Logs Are the Minimum

Logs are certainly a useful way to monitor access and behavior, but they are just the starting point of the overarching security strategy. Logs do not draw a full picture of what is happening between entry and exit, nor do they have the ability to predict activity based on what has already occurred. We’ve found that logs, while helpful, are more useful in hindsight than they are as a proactive protection measure.

Be Vigilant

External threats are not the sole problem for enterprises. Mistakes can be made by personnel that ultimately expose the organization to a breach or data incident. Spotting unusual events or behavior immediately may prevent a disastrous situation from occurring. Encourage self-reporting by employees and be constantly on the lookout for suspicious activity.

Cloud-based organizations may have different points of risk exposure than those with traditional architecture, and a quality security plan must take all of these factors into consideration. Building a comprehensive and well-crafted strategy ensures that the enterprise is protected to the utmost degree. Contact us to learn more about how we can help secure your cloud-based organization.

  • By Diana Wozniak-Flack  0 Comments   2
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