Sep 04 2018
As expert managed service providers, we offer a complete range of secure, cloud-based infrastructure and services. Over the years, our customers have asked us plenty of challenging questions on how they can stay secure as they move to public, private, and hybrid clouds. We thought it would be useful to answer some of these questions here, so you can make an informed decision about your cyber security, cloud-based needs.
Any IT environment probably has vulnerabilities or flaws that can be exploited by attackers, but when that ecosystem is properly managed, it helps to mitigate and minimize security risks. That said, cloud-based infrastructure is often more secure than an on-premise data center.
Typically, yes. Many cloud providers will allow for installation of approved security tools so you can monitor, manage, and control your cloud environment. Tools may include:
You may also be able to develop and deploy your own security tools, tailored to your exact needs.
There’s a wide range of policies and best practices to keep your data secure. We recommend a combination of the following:
There are three main “types” of cloud implementations — public, private, and hybrid.
Public clouds like the Google Cloud Platform, Microsoft Azure, and Amazon Web Services are available to anyone who wants to create an account and deploy cloud-based infrastructure. Typical cyber security considerations for public clouds include:
Private clouds operate in a similar way to public clouds with one vital difference. They typically don’t have any accessible connection to the internet, so only trusted users in your business can even attempt to access them. These private clouds are offered by vendors like VMWare and NetApp.
They have all the same considerations as public cloud services, except that you are also:
Hybrid clouds use some combination of public and private clouds, together with any on-premise data centers or storage. These integrations can create unintended vulnerabilities in your network and data if they are not carefully managed. Ideally, you will want to combine any hybrid cloud deployment with a complete security audit and vulnerability scan and assessment to eliminate flaws. Once any security gaps are closed, hybrid clouds can be as secure as public and private clouds.
We hope you’ve found these answers useful. As you can see, we’re experts in managing cloud services, and we’re always looking for challenging questions! If you’ve got any, please get in touch.