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FREMONT, CA: An essential feature of the cloud is that it allows faster and easier deployment, management, and distribution of critical business applications than any other method. It provides real-time access to the critical information to the customers and employees independent of time, device, and their location. It requires agile resources that can move and scale with applications that are easy to use and manage. Additionally, internal workflows need to be flexible and responsive to enable critical functions and transactions.
Security is as critical as any other factor in a cloud environment. It includes securing the connection between data and users as well as every connection to any physical or virtual device across the infrastructure. With such high demand for standards, complexities arise due to the use of various security solutions as one security solution may not be available on different cloud platforms across the infrastructure. Hence several organizations get overwhelmed by the scope and nature of the security implementations. Here are the significant challenges involved with cloud security systems:
Security-Driven Cloud Development
Security breaches result out of a determined cyber attack that tends to exploit the weakest link in an organization’s infrastructure. With the adoption of the cloud, the vulnerable regions have increased exponentially. To secure the weak links, security needs to be enforced consistently, even when the infrastructure is in a state of flux.
Cloud Native Security
As data and workflow will move across the infrastructure and to the cloud, the security measures must be taken accordingly. A cloud firewall from the same vendor who is protecting the physical assets of the organization may not be efficient. A cloud-native security policy that can also translate the additional policies across the environments is a better option.
Multiple Form Factors
The consistency of security enforcement is characterized by the deployment of the same security solutions across various platforms. Applications must be equipped to make calls to a cloud-based security solution while container-based applications must be able to access the containerized security tools to integrate security functionality into the application chain.
One of the biggest challenges for network administrators is to manage their entire network through one console that extends the visibility across physical and virtual networks alike. Organizations need a unified solution to define consistent security policies and gain visibility across the infrastructure to mitigate risks.