Yes, You are Right to Worry About Your Public Cloud Security

By Paladion

January 8, 2020

We get it. We understand why you’re rapidly adopting the public Cloud. It’s powerful. It’s scalable. It’s cost-effective. And it’s dead-simple to adopt. In some cases, all you have to do is hand over a credit card number, create some log-in credentials, and you’re ready to start migrating your most critical people, processes, and assets to a powerful new platform that will give you capabilities you could never have developed on your own.

It’s safe to say that migrating to the public cloud is more than just a good idea. It’s become a necessary action you must take if you’re going to do business in the 21st century. You don’t have a choice.

And that’s fine, as long as we’re just talking about the way the public Cloud changes how technology is consumed, provisioned, and maintained at your company. Nobody is going to worry about being forced into gaining more functionality, at a lower cost, with less of a burden on IT.

But this need to rapidly adopt the public Cloud becomes much less palatable when you start thinking about security. The public cloud dramatically changes how technology is secured at your company. As you are all-but forced to adopt the public Cloud, you are simultaneously being forced to find new ways to keep your core people, processes, and assets secure. And that is worth worrying about.

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The Big Worry About Public Cloud Security

You are an IT Director. Or a CIO. Or a CISO. No matter your role, you have been keeping your organization safe for years, maybe even decades. You know how to secure a traditional enterprise data center. But you don’t know if everything you’ve mastered will translate to your new Cloud infrastructure. And if your current security pra-you will need to learn how to secure your new public Cloud before you suffer a security crisis.

This is a big concern. And it is, unfortunately, well-founded.

The bad news is - traditional data center security patterns don’t translate effectively to the public Cloud.

The good news is - when properly secured, public Cloud infrastructure can be even more secure than traditional enterprise data centers.

And - best of all - it’s possible to quickly evolve your security practices and create a secure public Cloud deployment by merely focusing on a few foundational practices.

How to Stop Worrying About Your Public Cloud Security: The Shortcut

Gartner outlined these foundational security practices in their recent research How to Make Cloud More Secure Than Your Own Data Center. In their research report, Gartner outlines a simple path to secure public Cloud deployments that include:

• Recognizing that public Cloud deployments are rarely as secure as they sound out-of-the-box.
• Starting with your configurations and identity access management (as most security issues come from user errors).
• Gradually working your way up through 5-6 additional layers of public Cloud security activities until you are ready to focus on rapidly detecting and responding to threats in your new infrastructure.

The paper goes into much more depth than this and offers a practical plan for getting up to speed on public Cloud infrastructure security. As a gift, we’ve leveraged our partnership with Gartner to provide this paper to you complimentary. Click here to claim your complimentary, no-obligation copy.

Gartner, How to Make Cloud More Secure Than Your Own Data Center, Neil MacDonald, Tom Croll, 9 October 2019

Tags: Gartner, Cloud More Secure