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Cloud Security

What is Cloud Security?

Cloud security, also known as cloud computing security, encompasses a broad range of controls-based technologies, policies, and procedures that enterprises deploy to protect data, information, applications, communication channels, and infrastructure in the cloud. As with on-premise systems and data, businesses should vigilantly protect cloud-based information assets.

Key Takeaways

Organizations can configure and manage cloud computing security in one place, offering reduced administration overheads and empowering IT teams to focus on other vital tasks.

The Joint Responsibility in Cloud Security

Cloud security delivery depends on the individual cloud service provider and security controls in place. In most cases, implementing cloud security is a joint responsibility between the cloud provider and the customer or business.

Cloud security shared responsibility model has three categories:

  1. Provider’s security responsibilities: the cloud service provider safeguards the cloud infrastructure itself, as well as other security components like patching and physical host and network configurations
  2. Customer’s security responsibilities: cloud consumers manage users, control access privileges, and protect cloud accounts from unauthorized access. Cloud customers also meet compliance with various cloud security regulations
  3. Service model-based security responsibilities: these security responsibilities vary depending on the service model, such as infrastructure as a service (IaaS), platform as service (PaaS), or software as a service (SaaS)

Importance of Cloud Security

As businesses migrate their applications and data to the cloud to leverage capabilities like rapid elasticity, ubiquitous access, resource poling, and on-demand services, they require robust cloud computing security controls.

Cloud-based workloads face constant risks from sophisticated and frequent cybersecurity threats. For this reason, enterprises should work with service providers offering in-depth security controls tailored to the company’s needs.

Cloud security protects cloud storage and networks against malicious cyberattacks. The security measures also deter human error or negligence that causes data breaches. Cloud computing security provides procedures that enable data recovery during and after an incident. Overall, the controls reduce the impact of any cloud system or information compromise.

Core Components of Cloud Security

Cloud security focuses on these primary areas:·

Cloud security focuses on designing and integrating the above categories to protect various resources, such as physical networks, data storage, data servers, computer virtualization frameworks, middleware, operating systems, data, applications, and endpoints.

Benefits of Cloud Security

Some of the challenges facing cloud security include:


George Mutune

I am a cyber security professional with a passion for delivering proactive strategies for day to day operational challenges. I am excited to be working with leading cyber security teams and professionals on projects that involve machine learning & AI solutions to solve the cyberspace menace and cut through inefficiency that plague today's business environments.