How matured is your CloudSecOps strategy?

 In Security

As enterprises embrace agility and multi-cloud, they must prioritize security as a part of their strategy. The traditional approaches to security as an afterthought will not apply in the case of CloudOps. Security as a bolt-on does not scale well. Additionally, in the multi-cloud and hybrid cloud scenario, the security perimeter is fluid, often spanning multiple cloud providers and data centers. In this blog post, we will talk about how organizations should handle security in the multi-cloud age.

CloudSecOps is about baking security into cloud operations. Without comprehensively considering security, organizations usually end up with a patchwork of security, leading to governance failures and some well-publicized security issues. We recommend the following for the enterprises to gain the necessary CloudSecOps maturity needed for multi-cloud without compromising on developer agility:

1. Top-down mandate and cultural change

The critical first step in ensuring an end to end security and compliance is a clear mandate from the top leadership asking all the stakeholders to comply with the security policies put forth. Along with the mandate, there must be regular communication and training scheduled to communicate the business criticality of security. Unless a security-first culture is fostered, no amount of technology-driven automation can achieve foolproof security.

2. Lowering the barrier to adoption

Most security efforts fail due to the high barriers in complying with security needs. By applying the security policies as code, and through automation, you can quickly achieve your security goals. Right from the provisioning of a cloud service in Day 1 or Day 2 operations, through its entire lifecycle, compliance to security should be baked in entirely through automation. Do not waste your precious time in reactively and manually fixing the security gaps

3. Complete visibility and feedback

It is vital to have a single pane of glass across all the cloud resources and gain actionable insights. Wasting the time of various stakeholders in discussing security violations and feedback through meetings and long reports is a suboptimal way of doing CloudSecOps. Instead, giving them actionable insights by taking advantage of machine learning or AI will go a long way into ensuring continuous security compliance. Feedback through automatic real-time notifications will ensure immediate actions to fix any violations.

4. Reducing human interference

It is critical to use automation to handle the remediation of policy violations. Make security as a part of the CloudOps workflow and avoid bolt-on measures to security. This will also allow the CloudOps team to operate at a scale without resource constraints.

Modern business brings in new challenges, and security is the most critical challenge any IT organization will face today. By imbibing security into CloudOps, enterprises can stay continuously secured while ensuring developer agility. Contact us here to learn more on CloudSecOps.

Abid Ali
Senior Director, Product Marketing
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