Although cybersecurity in a hybrid cloud worries many, there are many others who erroneously do not give due importance to an issue that directly impacts the stability of a contemporary business.
So that you can correctly manage this information storage and management environment, below we will explain in detail the particularities of hybrid cloud: advantages, risks to consider and, above all, preventive mechanisms.
Why use hybrid cloud?
Cloud computing is a comprehensive solution that allows storage, computing and application program resources to be offered transparently and dynamically without the need to invest in physical hardware or install software on it.
One of the biggest obstacles to the use of cloud computing is the doubts that still exist about privacy and security, but hybrid cloud can represent a solution to data protection in accordance with privacy regulations.
What are companies already using hybrid cloud doing?
Corporations that have embraced hybrid cloud have found an integrated platform that offers both the ability to handle the entire lifecycle of their data as well as high availability, scalability, and flexibility.
Hybrid cloud has become a viable alternative for businesses to address the current challenges IT departments are experiencing.
It is an option for all types of companies, especially those that have made a significant investment in IT infrastructure and are looking for a way to reduce costs and have more flexible access to computing resources.
Why is it important to use hybrid clouds?
This is a technology that is spreading rapidly, not only because of its ability to dynamically and transparently provision IT resources, but also because it offers an alternative to reduce costs.
By having it, organizations can take advantage of this service and their own infrastructure. Here we present a series of benefits of this solution:
- Own infrastructure. A proprietary infrastructure may be required for some workgroups and applications, for example in IT business environments where applications and data are more sensitive.
- Control. Organizations can control the IT infrastructure and maintain the ability to manage their own data and processes.
- Scalability. IT resources can be created dynamically, which translates into greater scalability, higher availability, and flexibility.
- Speed. New cloud capacity is purchased on-demand or proactively.
- Rationalization. The total cost of the IT infrastructure can be reduced, and the computing resources can be optimized in full operation.
Cybersecurity risks to consider
Companies using a hybrid cloud need to understand the cybersecurity risks they might face and the right solutions to mitigate the dangers. But what are the main hybrid cloud cybersecurity risks?
The use of a hybrid cloud implies a greater presence of IT in the business environment. This tool offers some cybersecurity benefits such as secure connectivity, identity management, and policy-based access.
However, it is not a complete cybersecurity solution and that is why we have listed some cybersecurity risks that companies should consider with the hybrid cloud:
- Cloud platform security. You need to assess the security of the cloud platform that your organization's applications and data are working with.
- Infrastructure and software security. Companies need to ensure that the infrastructure and software they use in the cloud is secure and well-maintained.
- Data security. Organizations must validate that their data is safe in the hybrid cloud and that they have the ability to recover it.
- Application security. You must ensure that your applications are secure and have adequate protection capacity.
How to prevent and deal with threats?
Here are some tips and best practices for avoiding hybrid cloud threats:
- Information security. Data encryption is one of the most important solutions because the availability of information is one of the main advantages of the hybrid cloud.
- Service security. In a hybrid cloud, companies must have a service security policy that applies to their providers. In many cases, they do not have prior experience with security and may not have the necessary resources and infrastructure to adequately protect data.
- Workstation security. Endpoint protection is very important in the hybrid cloud because many of these infrastructures may contain sensitive data on servers.
- Environment security. It is essential for cloud providers to manage the security of the environment so that companies are able to control the information that enters and leaves the hybrid cloud.
- Risk analysis. It is vital that companies identify the risks of the hybrid cloud before putting data in it.
- Compliance with the code of conduct. You must have a security policy that includes compliance with the industry code of conduct.
- Open source. Cloud providers must use open source, which is a core solution for cloud security.
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