Whose Responsibility Is Cloud Computing Security?

05.22.19
CloudHealth Tech Staff

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Cloud Service Providers and organizations have a shared responsibility for cloud computing security, but whereas Cloud Service Providers implement military grade physical and environmental controls, some organizations may be unaware of their side of the bargain and what controls they’re responsible for.

In March 2018, Gartner published an article entitled “Is the Cloud Secure?”. In the article, the author claims in nearly all cases it’s the user - not the Cloud Service Provider - who fails to manage the controls used to protect data and predicts “through 2022, at least 95% of cloud security failures will be the customer’s fault”. So, why is that?

Whose Responsibility Is Cloud Computing Security?

Cloud computing security is a lot different to on-premises computing security

Tools to Identify Cloud Computing Security Issues

Various tools exist to identify cloud computing security issues - one of the most effective being the CloudHealth cloud management platform. CloudHealth has a capability known as the “Health Check Report” that analyzes organizations’ cloud operations and identifies opportunities to optimize costs and performance, and highlights any issues affecting cloud computing security.

These issues include three of the most common causes of data breaches - application vulnerabilities, misconfigured assets, and inadequate access controls - and eliminates much of the human error factor through policy-driven automation. The Health Check Report will also alert organizations to issues concerning network security and data security (i.e. unencrypted storage volumes).

Rather than just act as an alerting mechanism for existing issues whenever a report is run, CloudHealth continues to monitor network activity around the clock to identify new cloud computing security issues as they arise. Furthermore, rather than only notify organizations of security risks, CloudHealth can be configured to execute functions such as preventing the launch of a misconfigured asset, terminating assets that don’t comply with organizational policies, and revoking user access.

Find Out More about CloudHealth and Cloud Computing Security

If you feel our user-friendly platform will enhance your existing security controls - or encourage your organization to expand its presence in the cloud - we invite you to take advantage of a free trial of CloudHealth so you can evaluate the platform’s capabilities in your own environment.

AWS, Azure, and Google employ vast teams of cybersecurity experts to implement and manage IT security controls. Most organizations don’t have the resources to employ teams with such capabilities, but with CloudHealth’s cloud management platform, organizations can meet their responsibilities for cloud computing security across their cloud environment.

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