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Tips for building a comprehensive cloud security program

Cloud technology is on the rise and is becoming more widely adopted every day. With so many enterprises transitioning their network infrastructures to the cloud, keeping their new cloud environments secure is a growing concern.

Unfortunately, efforts to pin down and achieve total cloud network security can be inhibited by several misconceptions that have permeated the conversation.

If your organization is planning to attempt a cloud network migration, it pays to research these misconceptions and equip yourself with all the knowledge necessary to build a modern and effective cloud security program.

Quality over quantity

You may hear from time to time that the more cloud security tools your enterprise can bring to the table, the safer your data will be. This isn’t always necessarily the case. In fact, too many disparate systems, as well as too many security service providers, can overwhelm your staff and security experts and create additional avenues of attack.

It’s also vital to not simply rely on your cloud security provider to manage all aspects of your organization’s security solution. While working with a security provider, your team should remain responsible for the data it places in the framework of your managed cloud security environment.

Overall, a streamlined and customized cloud security program—in which your organization has transparency into the entire process—is the best approach.

Keeping a competitive edge

The interconnected and comprehensive nature of cloud computing imposes some inherent risks and vulnerabilities, chief among them being the volume of access points to secure across the environment and the amount of auditing and review needed to prevent breaches.

Additionally, cyber attackers are constantly evolving their techniques and employing more advanced methods to break into protected stores of data. However, in most cases, successful security breaches are the result of lapses, errors, and lack of preparation on the part of the victim. To prevent opportunistic hackers from finding an open window into your network, a robust security policy must be instituted so that employees are held accountable for every possible network entry point.

This team-oriented approach to cloud security may be counter-intuitive; after all, isn’t security best left to the professional providers and consultants? Not necessarily.

Security is everyone’s responsibility—especially in the hyper-connected cloud era. Your developers should be involved in the ongoing process of securing your cloud environment with the assistance and guidance of your security provider.

Automation might not be the answer

Although automated network security is an attractive goal to strive for, human input should not be underestimated or discounted. Studies have shown that both human specialists and computer-driven security systems are equally valuable in terms of identifying and mitigating weak spots in a cloud computing network.

Securing a cloud network environment is not a simple matter, and it can be difficult to know the first steps or to separate myths from the truth. However, by keeping these guiding principles in mind and choosing the right provider to meet your specific security challenges, you can set your organization up for success in an increasingly cloud-centric world.

Check Point CloudGuard Security

To help future-facing enterprises secure their cloud computing environments, OnX is bringing Check Point CloudGuard Security as a Service (SaaS) to market.

CloudGuard SaaS is a cloud service tailored for real SaaS threats. More than just a cloud access security broker (CASB), it blocks attacks intended to steal data on common SaaS applications and cloud e-mail. It provides complete protection against:

  • Malware and zero-day threats.
  • Sophisticated phishing attacks.
  • Hijacking of employee SaaS accounts.

Users also gain instant threat visibility and data control and protection.

“Given today’s advanced cyber threats, it is critical to protect enterprise branch offices connected to the cloud with SD-WAN. Check Point CloudGuard Connect is integrated with leading SD-WAN vendors in the cloud to secure branches in minutes,” said Erez Yarkoni, head of the telco division at Check Point Software Technologies. “We’re excited to partner with OnX to help drive enterprise digital transformation, with a special emphasis on branch office SD-WAN security.”

Check Point and OnX can offer differentiated security services to customers moving towards borderless compute (SASE and CASB).

Contact OnX for more information on how to build a cloud security program that keeps your organization’s data and employees protected.