Given recent, widely published application and data breaches at well-known companies, worries about cloud and general IT security are not likely to diminish anytime soon. As is the case in other areas, cloud security, too, is subject to misconceptions.
As a special, prominent use case for the cloud, the internet of things (IoT) is often seen as high-risk, because unauthorized access and malevolent intent could damage data and communications as well as connected sensors and items. While some dramatic scenarios of hacking in the IoT have not materialized, they have also not been ruled out.
In planning cloud security, hybrid models give you more options
Today, any difference in severity between security risks in the cloud and on-premise applications and networks is likely to be minimal. Such factors as mobility, content incursions from social media, bring-your-own-device practices, and distributed company operations that rely on telecommunications and connectivity, impact IT and its security measures no matter the nature of the underlying infrastructure.
You need a security plan for each application and technology domain in your organization, including your data, servers, and software in the cloud. In doing so, you should consider all realistic usage scenarios as well as the probable impact of breaches on operations and customers, the business-critical data and applications, and the level of availability you want to accomplish. For many companies, the hybrid cloud, which combines and connects on-premise and cloud-based computing workloads, not only offers the most effective way to handle various workloads, but also provides the best options for keeping information and applications secure.
Standards and certifications are critical
Several organizations are developing security protocols for the cloud and IoT. Leading cloud providers participate in these efforts and support the emerging standards. If you want to take advantage of the cloud, it’s worth your while to review and understand the security initiatives, best practices, and solutions available to you, so you can choose wisely.
You should also be clear on what exactly your and your vendor’s security responsibilities are when you engage with a cloud service provider. If you consider contracting with a cloud leader and are also interested in using cloud solutions offered by a partner, verify that the partner’s products are certified and current for the cloud platform you wish to use.