As your customers expand their public cloud investments to take advantage of the superior scalability, flexibility, and cost savings offered by third-party cloud service providers, they will be looking for ways to manage their security risks and maintain their regulatory compliance status. While public cloud computing erases the traditional network perimeter in many ways, cloud security can—and should—still start on premises. Here are three critical types of cloud security solutions based on network infrastructure.
1. Web content filtering
2. Identity access management
Another change that public cloud computing brings to the enterprise is the proliferation of endpoint devices with which users can access that public cloud. The rise of enterprise mobility further complicates matters. Enterprise data privacy and security are no longer a simple matter of making sure that only corporate-owned, IT-controlled, network-connected endpoints can access corporate resources. Dedicated identity access management solutions that live on premises or operate as hosted cloud services provide a single point of control that unifies security management and enforcement across multiple public cloud applications and end-user devices. This security consolidation is a boon to security and IT administrators tasked with protecting corporate data.
3. Cloud encryption gateways
The third piece of the cloud security puzzle is data protection. Ultimately, the shift in emphasis from private, on-premises infrastructure to the public cloud should also shift the emphasis away from security that protects the infrastructure to security that protects the data—especially since data are the target that most serious cybercriminals are aiming for. Policy-driven cloud encryption gateways that apply encryption in various strengths to different data types can make the difference between a disastrous data leak and a crisis averted. If data are appropriately encrypted, after all, then even if they are exposed, they remain unreadable and therefore harmless to the enterprise and of no value to the attacker. The best of the best cloud encryption gateways also offer DLP integration and cloud access management and controls.
The enterprise's move to the cloud doesn't have to mean a loss of security for businesses or a loss of sales for resellers, as long as all involved take care to shift their strategy and resources to the solutions better suited for protecting enterprise data in public cloud investments.
Are you ready to make the transition? For additional resources and information, speak to an Ingram Micro security specialist today.