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How to Improve Cloud Security Posture and Reduce Compliance Risks

Learn about what cloud security is, what the challenges are, and how you can improve cloud security posture management through security transformation services.

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Cloud computing is an essential component of any digital transformation strategy. It can help organizations accelerate innovation and collaboration in today's digital business environment. However, the increased adoption of cloud solutions and services introduces both common and new security challenges. 

Businesses that overlook cloud security and compliance risks may become victims of data breaches, which can lead to hefty fines, costly remedial actions, lost sales and long-term reputational damages.

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What is cloud security?

Cloud security uses procedures and technology to protect cloud computing environments against cybersecurity threats and data breaches. It prevents unauthorized access to your sensitive business and customer data in the cloud while ensuring compliance with various data privacy regulations (e.g., GDPR, CCPA, PCI-DSS, etc.).

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Common cloud security challenges

Migrating to the cloud isn't without its challenges, especially in multicloud environments. Many of these issues are related to cybersecurity, including:

  • Lack of visibility into cloud data: When your organization uses multiple cloud environments to store data and run applications, it's challenging to know what you have, where you have it, and how secure it is. This, in turn, makes it difficult to enforce data governance policies.
  • Lack of control over cloud data: When you use a third-party public cloud provider, you have less control and access over your data. Also, you can't access the underlying IT infrastructure to control how your data is stored and protected.
  • Complex access control to cloud data and applications: Since users can access data in the cloud from anywhere via any device, access controls based on the traditional data center network perimeter no longer suffice.
  • Cloud-native breaches: A cloud-native breach exploits errors or vulnerabilities in a cloud deployment without malware. This approach bypasses traditional defense strategies, and organizations must implement proper segmentation to protect their data.
  • Misconfiguration: This is a major cause of cloud-native breaches. These errors often go unnoticed by both organizations and cloud providers, leaving the front door wide open for attackers to land, expand and exfiltrate data.

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How to improve your cloud security posture management

Cloud security posture management (CSPM) starts with a Cyber Posture Assessment, which provides the foundation for your security transformation. 

This assessment can provide clear and actionable recommendations to improve your cybersecurity defense. It identifies critical gaps and provides visibility into cross-geo assets and network topology, which you can use to develop a remediation roadmap to ensure effective IT governance. 

Based on insights from a Cyber Posture Assessment, you can then select the best cloud security service to meet your needs.

Cisco Umbrella

Cisco Umbrella is a cloud security service that allows users to access and use cloud applications from anywhere securely, thanks to its secure access service edge (SASE) architecture. It delivers multiple security services in a unified cloud solution to achieve the most comprehensive protection for distributed networks and remote users. 

This cloud security service protects against malware, ransomware, phishing scams, command-and-control (C2) callbacks, crypto mining and other malicious web threats for users both on and off the network. It enables fast and secure connectivity while providing comprehensive visibility and coverage for all endpoints. It also offers expanded capabilities for large, distributed organizations with complex security needs.

Thanks to Umbrella's Secure Web Gateway (SWG), you can use full web traffic inspection to enforce a granular web use policy. Meanwhile, its full logging capabilities allow organizations to meet increasingly complex and demanding compliance requirements cost-efficiently. 

Palo Alto Networks Prisma Access

Prisma Access improves your cloud security posture with a SASE model that combines networking and security into a single on-demand cloud service. It allows organizations to protect users and applications while maintaining complete control of their data from anywhere. 

Prisma Access provides secure remote users consistent access to the internet and applications. It also offers secure branch-to-branch and data-to-data connectivity, which is essential in today's work-from-anywhere environment. Some use cases include firewall-as-a-Service (FWaaS), cloud SWG and Autonomous Digital Experience Management (ADEM).

The SASE approach inspects all web traffic to help stop cyberattacks and prevent gaps in your cloud security posture. It also allows you to manage security policies within dedicated cloud instances to achieve the desired level of web traffic isolation and maintain data security and privacy.

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Strengthen your cloud security posture management

Selecting and implementing a cloud security service that's right for your organization lays the foundation for improving your cloud security posture. Our Security Transformation services can help protect your reputation, business assets and intellectual property with a holistic security approach. 

Get in touch to see how we can help you strengthen your cloud security posture.