Cloud adoption has grown rapidly in recent years. According to Check Point’s 2022 Cloud Security Report, 98% of the respondents say their organizations are using cloud computing, and over three-quarters (76%) have multi-cloud deployments using two or more cloud providers.
Companies are making the move to the cloud because cloud-based infrastructure provides numerous benefits compared to an on-prem data center. However, organizations considering this move must ensure that their cloud-based resources are properly protected against attack.
In the past, many organizations hosted their data and applications on-prem in server rooms or data centers. Under this model, an organization was wholly responsible for purchasing, installing, configuring, maintaining and securing their infrastructure, even if these types of IT services fell outside their areas of expertise.
Utilizing the cloud, however, enables organizations to take advantage of the expertise and resources of specialists in data center operation and maintenance. Under a cloud model, a cloud provider is responsible for deploying and maintaining the hardware, and potentially some of the software layers of their customers’ infrastructure stacks. At some point, the customer takes over control, maintaining their own operating systems, software, etc. A cloud provider may also offer users access to applications hosted on the cloud such as web-based email or data storage.
Cloud computing is critical nowadays because IT systems are increasingly vital to companies’ operations, and the constraints of an organization’s on-prem infrastructure can impede growth. Cloud computing enables an organization to achieve greater flexibility, scalability than they could in-house, and also provides other benefits.
Some benefits of cloud computing include:
While the cloud may be important for organizations to grow and compete effectively in the marketplace, these environments often differ significantly from the on-prem data centers that organizations are accustomed to.
A common concern for organizations who plan to or have adopted cloud infrastructure is cloud computing security. Companies face a variety of issues when attempting to secure their cloud investment, including:
As organizations shift to the cloud, they face numerous cloud security challenges. Solving these challenges is essential to the long-term growth and usability of an organization’s cloud-based infrastructure.
For organizations looking to make the move to the cloud and take advantage of its benefits, check out these Best Practices for Secure Cloud Migration. And for more information on securing your cloud environment, download Check Point’s Cloud Security Blueprint.
Check Point’s CloudGuard can simplify and streamline an organization’s cloud security by offering integrated monitoring and threat prevention across on-prem and cloud-based infrastructure. Learn more about securing your cloud investment with CloudGuard with a free demo.