As cloud adoption continues to grow, it has meant that cybersecurity teams need to think differently about cloud – how to allow for adoption (even when it is not always under the watchful eye of IT) to ensure the cloud is inherently secure.
On the one hand, it’s been a good but hard lesson for cybersecurity teams as ultimately, not innovating alongside the business has introduced more risk. Rather than waiting for cybersecurity teams to say ‘no’ business units went ahead to utilise these services without the consent of IT, leaving the organisation somewhat vulnerable.
Despite how simple it is to utilise the cloud (some users might not even realise they are), applying the appropriate security controls is far less easy and requires the development of a cloud cybersecurity strategy and the respective architectural references.
Cybersecurity teams should take time to understand what is happening in the broader business already. It’s important to get a good understanding of the types of cloud services being consumed to build a picture of what your cloud environment looks like, the behaviours that you need to be prepared for, and what your traffic flows look like.
Only then can you build a holistic cloud security strategy for your company. With the previously gathered insights, you’ll be able to appreciate what your ideal cloud environment should look like, how you can support and secure it. It’s reasonably safe to say that most will have a hybrid cloud environment, one that utilises multiple public and/or private clouds (on and off-premise).