Naysayers often dismiss a hybrid/IT cloud as disruptive. It is not the hybrid/IT cloud that is the problem. The problem lies with poor network execution, security protocols, and management. The biggest barriers to a seamless hybrid cloud are inadequate compliance; lack of encryption; insufficient risk assessment; poor data redundancy; data leakage and other threats
Managers are not prepared. They are not following the proper rules of engagement. This is especially true when dealing with the constant evolution of mobile device management (MDM) and enterprise mobility management (EMM).
Managers need to know the stumbling blocks. Hybrid clouds are a cost-efficient solution that can maximize an organization’s internal assets with unlimited scalability in the public cloud. Learn the 17 security threats and how to fix them.
17 hybrid cloud security threats you should avoid and how to fix them:
Threat: Lack of Encryption
Network transmissions are vulnerable to eavesdropping and Man-in-the-Middle (MitM) attacks that
circumvent mutual authentication by impersonating endpoints. Mobility enterprise managers must encrypt communications and data to prevent security incursions.
Threat: Inadequate Security Risk Assessment
Failing to perform detailed risk profiles of an IT infrastructure and systems prevents network administrators from determining how and where an intrusion has occurred or when it happened. It makes future breaches virtually impossible to prevent.
Threat: Poor Compliance
Hybrid clouds require more due diligence when it comes to compliance. Both the public cloud provider and your private cloud must stay within compliance parameters. Maintaining and demonstrating compliance is more difficult with the hybrid model because data moves back and forth.
Threat: Weak Security Management
Too many enterprise managers run amuck when they fail to employ authentication, identity management, and authorization procedures for both their private and public cloud. Cloud security protocols must be integrated.
Threat: Poor Data Redundancy
A lack of redundancy puts a hybrid IT cloud and your enterprise at risk. This is especially true if you don’t have redundant copies of data properly distributed across all data centers. Distributing data this way mitigates the damage that occurs when there is an outage in one data center.
Implement redundancy. This can be accomplished three ways:
Threat: Failure to Authenticate and Identify
Security management is essential when integrating public and private clouds in a hybrid environment. Cybersecurity must be mutually shared between the cloud provider and enterprise staff.
Threat: Unprotected APIs
When unprotected, API endpoints expose sensitive data to malicious attacks that exploit an authentication/authorization token or key to manipulate personal information and data. This vulnerability is of particular concern in enterprise mobility management and BYOD transmissions over unsecure connections.
Threat: Denial-of-Service (DoS) Attacks
Attackers render a cloud or mobile enterprise inaccessible by issuing a DoS attack. Network service is disrupted in the virtual environment through an inherent weakness in shared resources such as CPU, RAM, and disk space or network bandwidth.
Threat: Distributed-Denial-of-Service (DD0S) Attacks
These volumetric or application layer attacks are on the rise and even more insidious than DoS. This is because they are high volume incursions maliciously distributed from multiple sources and generated at a central location. By the time the attacks are noticed, network traffic is often in virtual gridlock and websites rendered helpless.
Fending off a DDoS attack requires robust in-path deployment of a DDoS mitigation device that continuously processes all incoming and outgoing traffic. The device must be able to act immediately and scale and perform when there are multi-vector attacks.
Threat: Poor IP Protection
Intellectual property (IP) requires extra protection. It must have the highest encryption and security protocols in place. IP must be identified and classified to determine potential security risks. A vulnerability assessment and appropriate encryption are needed.
Threat: Lack of Data Ownership
Cloud vendors must be fully vetted for security controls when handling data. Once cloud-deployed, enterprises lose some ability to govern their own data set. Enterprise managers must know what security levels are available in the cloud to prevent surprises.
Threat: Failure to Communicate with Cloud Provider
You wouldn’t have a car repaired without getting a written estimate and details of service to be performed on your vehicle. Service level agreements (SLAs) do the same. They clarify expectations and responsibilities.
Threat: Poorly Defined SLAs
When moving to the cloud, customers do lose the ability to govern their own data set and are forced to rely on service providers to properly secure data when in the public sector.
Threat: Data Leakage
Inadequate security protocols on the part of a cloud provider can compromise data which can be corrupted, destroyed or inappropriately accessed. This is especially true in worker-driven BYOD environments.
Threat: Poorly-Defined Management Strategies
Seamless hybrid cloud management is only accomplished when everyone knows what needs to be done. Jobs must be strictly defined with management policies and procedures. Without these guidelines, a network can be compromised. A holistic approach must be taken to handle the entire infrastructure.
accessed in both the public and private clouds.
Threat: Badly Constructed Cross-Platform Tools
Do you know how to manage tasks across multiple domains? Hybrid clouds are not business as usual. Many administrators run amuck when they cannot multi-task. Poorly defined or executed cross-platform management in a hybrid environment are major pitfalls that must be avoided.
Define whether specialized tools or a suite of tools are adequate to manage your enterprise. What is needed to do the job? Determine if you require:
Cloud application migration tools for interoperability and moving apps between private and public clouds. Be sure to have cloud monitoring tools that accommodate a virtualized environment.
Cloud automation tools to maintain access and security needed for dynamic cloud provisioning and VM movement.
Sometimes the most malicious attacks can be right under our noses. Not all employees and insiders are trustworthy. Some insiders may be using customer or sensitive data to disrupt corporate activities.
Have you deployed or are you considering a hybrid/IT cloud for your enterprise? Hybrid cloud computing harnesses the best of public and private clouds with a wealth of benefits. It aggressively expands an organization’s business enterprise potential with a cost-efficient, low barrier to entry that helps organizations maximize internal assets with unlimited scalability. Don’t be afraid to deploy it.
Learn how to successfully implement a threat-free hybrid cloud into your corporate enterprise.
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