Many organisations move to the cloud for its formidable security, only to build and deploy environments that are anything but.
In order for the cloud to protect your applications and data, you need to practice shared responsibility. Your cloud provider should outline the role that both you and the provider play in regard to security and compliance.
For most platforms, the development and deployment of any assets are to be protected by you. So, by overlooking your security, you risk the whole solution falling down. Here, we offer a little insight on what you need to look out for and detail how we prevent that from happening.
The cost of complacency
Sure, by moving your data into the cloud, there’s less chance anyone can break in and steal it. However, if you leave the online equivalent of an open door for malicious attacks, there’s little to protect from theft.
Take virtual machines. By leaving these open to the public, cybercriminals can effectively keep guessing your passwords until they break through the digital door. It doesn’t matter how complicated your passcode is either, they can use devices to routinely try endless combinations until you notice the attack – or they get through.
Obviously, not all attacks are immediately noticeable. Sometimes the attack gradually destabilises your application without alerting any of the users. However, in more extreme cases, the cyberattack targets your data either to steal or delete it.
How you can prevent vulnerabilities
Virtual machines are just one example of how malicious individuals or software could access your information. Other gateways can be found in your environments and infrastructure though.
To prevent such issues, cloud providers enable you to build fail-safes that don’t allow you to become exposed. In Azure, you can set parameters around its functionality so architects can’t build unless all necessary boxes have been ticked. For example, you can require your databases to be encrypted, or that applications need to be opened in HTTPS.
These rules are hardwired into your infrastructure in templates. Like a blueprint, once deployed they prevent users from interfering with them in ways that would threaten you. However, this isn’t mandatory and is often overlooked during migration.
And maintain compliancy standards
Compliance doesn’t just fall at the feet of the provider either. You’ll need to ensure you’re operating to a standard that doesn’t put your user base or employees at risk of breaching compliance legislation.
AWS, for example, partner with leading voices on compliance legislation and will do their utmost to protect their platform from being exploited. Depending on your industry or location, there may be additional laws you need to adhere to.
Whether you’re in the public sector, or operate in financial services, you’ll need to routinely scan your environment looking for any breaches of compliance standards. AWS does allow you to build this functionality and prevention methods, but it’s up to you to do so.
How we can help
At ClearCloud, we automatically review your infrastructure to ensure you meet best practice. With our service, you can reduce costs such as PCI compliance and keep up to date with the latest legislation.
Whether you’re in the public sector or financial services, we protect your solution from harm and install security measures that leave applications well-protected. What’s more, we’ll build all your infrastructure in code, allowing you to determine who governs what at the offset.
Interested? Get in touch with a member of our team and take your security seriously today.