How to Make Cloud More Secure Than Your Own Data Center

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You know how to secure your data center.

But do you know how to secure your cloud infrastructure?

The security practices that keep a traditional data center safe will not keep a cloud deployment safe. If you apply these traditional data center security practices to your cloud deployment, then you will likely create misconfigurations, mistakes, and inappropriate governance policies. These management errors will introduce excessive and unknown risks that threaten your cloud deployment - and every user, process, and asset on it.

These errors are already creating a cloud-based security crisis, and this crisis will get worse.

Gartner estimates:

  • “By 2021, 50% of enterprises will unknowingly and mistakenly have exposed some IaaS storage services, network segments, applications or APIs directly to the public internet, up from 25% at YE18.”
  • “Through 2023— at least 99% of cloud security failures will be the customer’s fault.”

These projections are troubling, but you can avoid being part of them.

In their research How to Make Cloud More Secure Than Your Own Data Center  we believe, Gartner also found that organizations that modernize their security strategy and follow a few key best practices can make their cloud deployments 60% safer than their traditional data centers.

Learn How to Make Your Cloud More Secure Than Your Own Data Center

We believe, in this report, Gartner gives you a systematic and risk-based approach to securing your cloud deployment. By reading this report you will learn:

  • How to best utilize identity management to reduce your surface area for attack.
  • How to establish configuration standards for every element of your cloud deployment.
  • How to design, implement, and govern a continuous cloud security posture management (CSPM capability.
  • How to scan your applications for code-level vulnerabilities.
  • How to continuously monitor for data-related risks in your entire cloud fabric.
  • How to uncover suspicious behaviors in your cloud.
  • How to adopt a cloud-native mindset in your security strategy.

To learn all of this, and more, download your complimentary copy of Gartner’s How to Make Cloud More Secure Than Your Own Data Center.

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