Key Security Considerations for Enterprise Cloud Deployments

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Review Security Posture of IT Landscape

A thorough vulnerability assessment of cloud-deployed assets should be undertaken periodically to understand, assess and address potential vulnerabilities. IT assets are prone to new attacks and have to be constantly monitored for threats. Application penetration testing along with periodic vulnerability analysis is recommended. It is also recommended that tools monitoring vulnerabilities, such as those from SQL injections, be protected with technology solutions such as Web application firewalls (WAF) until the vulnerabilities are fixed.

Enterprise cloud computing has matured, moving beyond the "what" and the "how" to the "when." Even so, security remains a major concern for organizations considering a move to the cloud. Fortunately, security services and tactics have also matured over the past few years, allowing more and more enterprises to migrate to the cloud.

A review of the enterprise security architecture is an absolute necessity in defining, monitoring and managing enterprise cloud deployments. This includes understanding the current security posture of IT assets, audit and compliance. It also forms the basis of creating security and compliance requirements for mainstream cloud adoption. In this slideshow, Madhavan Krishnan, of IT consulting firm Virtusa Corporation, has identified key security considerations that should be considered when transitioning to the cloud.


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