Security in the Hybrid Cloud
Security is a primary concern for many organizations making the transition to cloud. In the blog, “Taking a Hybrid Cloud Approach to Security”, cloud provider Presidio shares how building a hybrid cloud enables you to maximize security while maximizing flexibility at the same time.
Security in this instance can be thought of in terms of risk. For example, sensitive data and mission-critical applications need a higher level of security than a devops test environment. The challenge for organizations is to accurately assess their risk and align their security strategy with their business objectives. Threats can come from outside – and inside – an organization. The best response to threats goes beyond just the technology underlying your data center and that of your cloud provider.
The truth is, your organization is unique. This means your security strategy is going to be unique as well. The foundation of a solid, comprehensive strategy is, of course, an enterprise-class architecture with end-to-end security. To be complete, however, security policies must be in place which meet the specific security needs of your organization and regulations of your industry.
The architecture must also be supported by procedures that enable the members of your organization to easily comply with these security policies. These procedures must be effective while at the same time not getting in way of the workflows or corporate culture already in place.
Developing – and successfully implementing – such a security strategy can be extremely complex. For organizations new to cloud, especially hybrid clouds, understanding the nuances of comprehensive security may be outside their expertise. This is why an experienced cloud provider is crucial to any secure hybrid cloud deployment. One size does not fit all, nor are all clouds created equal. The right cloud provider can be a powerful partner in maximizing your ability to benefit from a hybrid cloud.
How can you find the right partner? Ask how much they can do for you. Not just what they offer every customer. What can they bring to the table in terms of experience with your industry? Can they help assess your requirements and risks? Do they offer security beyond the commodity-based cloud offerings so common in the market?
A hybrid approach to cloud has much to offer organizations of all sizes. And when deployed with the right partners, you can have confidence in the security of your data and applications.