Enterprises are increasingly relying on cloud computing to accelerate their digital transformation. But in order to achieve this, they need a fool proof plan. The traditional system of manually securing every aspect of their multi-cloud environment is not only time-consuming but also prone to human errors. If you don’t patch your firewall or properly configure it, your business will be vulnerable to data leaks, thefts, and malware attacks.
Gartner predicts that by 2025, over 99% of cloud security breaches will be preventable with the right automation in place.
To make effective use of cloud security automation, address the above issues:
- Prioritize what you want to automate first,
- Identify the most practical approach to implementing this automation,
- Create a roadmap for implementing your goals.
This blog presents best practices for implementing cloud security automation.
When planning to migrate or modernize applications, security should be considered as part of the process. Automating several manual processes, such as application risk management and maturity assessment, can minimize critical errors and deliver data-driven outcomes at scale.
To realize such initiatives, CIOs must codify security policy definitions to ensure consistent and continuous enforcement across platforms. They can weave in automated identity protection and cross-cloud entitlement management, as well as granular security controls using a zero-trust approach. Consider combining identity and access management with threat detection and response, and streamlining cybersecurity by leveraging the data security life cycle.
To achieve and maintain regulatory compliance, an organization should define and implement a robust governance, risk, and compliance (GRC) program. This includes modules for automating the definition of required standards, assessing the organization’s compliance with those standards, analyzing reports produced by the assessment, and monitoring any changes in regulatory requirements. A security misconfiguration incident can derail your digital transformation goals and expose your cloud to sophisticated risks—cost overruns are one result. This blog post focuses on the principles that you can follow to build actionable roadmaps to mitigate cyber risks and reduce cloud waste; allowing your organization to go to market faster by managing its risk exposure.