Key Security Considerations for Enterprise Cloud Deployments

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Consistent User Management and Access Controls

Cloud-based infrastructures are accredited by industry standard organizations such as ISO to ensure consistent safeguards and protection to assets, data and users. Compliance to Cloud Data Center Security Standards ISO 27001 will ensure consistency of processes followed by a cloud vendor and its employees.

User management still remains a top concern in managing cloud deployments. Human interactions with systems happen at multiple levels despite increased automation. In both private and public clouds, administrators have privileges that can potentially provide them access to systems and user data. User management systems should typically include establishing identity and access controls. User and system activity audit logs are a key requirement to ensure traceability.

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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