Cloud Migration Security

Cloud migration can reduce costs and increase efficiency, but IT resources must remain secure. Cloud migration security requires both proper management and seamless integrations to reduce risk and attain benefits.


Key Pillars for a Successful Cloud Migration

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Cloud Security Migration

Security and Posture Management

Centralize visibility and  intelligence across cloud environments

Cloud Security Migration


Centralize visibility and  intelligence across cloud environments

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Secure migration of workloads to the cloud is a complex task. Organizations need to conduct a diligent analysis and advanced planning to determine how to uphold security and compliance requirements during the cloud migration. Multi-cloud and hybrid architectures bring additional complexities, such as managing security policies consistently and identifying and resolving security events.

Cloud Migration Risks

No Strategy

Not Having a Cloud Migration Strategy

Attempting to make a move without a clear, detailed strategy can increase cost, duration, security risks and complexity of the process.

Complex Architecture

Complex Existing Architecture

Leads to extended migration process which can negatively impact performance or security.

wrong CSP

Selecting the Wrong Cloud Service Provider

If an organization chooses a CSP that does not align with its intended uses, then it might not be able to extract the full value from its cloud migration.

Long Process

Long Migration Process

Applications and infrastructure designed for on-prem deployment do not always translate well to a cloud environment.

Data Breach

Data Breach

If an organization’s security strategy does not adapt
to provide adequate protection at each of these intermediate steps,
then attackers may be able to steal data or exploit applications.

Five Best Practices for a Secure Cloud Migration

1. Architect for Cloud Security

Develop architecture that focuses on cloud security to ensure factors are given due importance in the design, for example:

  • Network segmentation
  • Advanced threat prevention for perimeter networks
  • Consistent security management across multi-cloud and hybrid cloud environments
  • Automated policy management

Enterprises should adopt a DevSecOps strategy, where the development, security, and operations teams work together early in the lifecycle of the application.

Five best practices for a secure cloud migration

Five best practices for a secure cloud migration

2. Leverage Integrated Cloud Solutions in Native Environments

Major CSPs offer native capabilities that can be configured by customers to address security needs at different layers for workloads migrated to the cloud. However, it should be noted that many of these cloud native solutions are highly proprietary with minimal interoperability with other cloud vendor environments and don’t provide the depth and automation needed for modern cloud deployments. This makes it necessary to enhance native security controls with additional integrated security solutions.

3. Monitor and Automate from the Start

Apply DevSecOps methodologies during cloud migration to provide at the onset security policy best practices, continuous monitoring, and mitigation of any identified vulnerabilities. Ongoing monitoring should be implemented after migration to provide unified threat visibility across the cloud and on-premises. Automating security policy configuration is equally important in ongoing operations as well as in initial provisioning.

Five best practices for a secure cloud migration

Five best practices for a secure cloud migration

4. Implement Continuous Compliance

Continuous governance of security and compliance plays a crucial role in thwarting possible cloud attacks and data thefts. Continuous compliance is a multi-step process, which starts with getting a deeper insight into the configuration of the cloud environment. 

5. Minimize Your Security Solution Footprint

Using multiple solutions to manage the security postures of migrated environments can lead to management inefficiencies. If the security solutions are not well integrated with each other, it could lead to “tool sprawl” and the IT team gets burdened with additional maintenance overhead for individual tools.

Five best practices for a secure cloud migration

Cloud Security is a Shared Responsibility

Security management in the cloud follows a layered approach, and the management of security at different layers should be carefully designed and implemented when migrating workloads to the cloud.

The shared responsibility module provides a cloud security framework which outlines the security obligations of the cloud provider versus those of the organization to ensure proper security measures and management are in place.

Check Point CloudGuard

When migrating to the cloud through born in the cloud strategies, lift-and-shift models, or managing hybrid environments, it is critical to not only prevent threats but to also maiximize operational resources. Check Point CloudGuard allows organizations to extend your data center security into the cloud leveraging one unified cloud security platform that provides security for all of your assets and workloads. CloudGuard allows you to secure multi-cloud environments automatically, with unified threat prevention and posture.


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