Cloud adoption has rapidly accelerated in recent years, making cloud security a priority. Obviously, companies should make it a priority to seek out a cloud security company that will best help them meet their responsibilities for securing their cloud-based infrastructure.
One of the main benefits of the cloud is that cloud services companies take responsibility for a portion of an organization’s infrastructure. This includes deploying it, maintaining it, and securing it.
It’s important to note that cloud services providers, while responsible for some level of cloud security, are not responsible for all of it. Depending on the cloud service model used (SaaS, PaaS, IaaS, etc.), a cloud customer has control over certain levels of their cloud infrastructure stack. With this control comes the responsibility for securing these levels.
Cloud services providers publish shared responsibility models to delineate the breakdown of security responsibilities. Cloud customers are responsible for reviewing these shared responsibility models and putting solutions in place to fulfill their security responsibilities.
Securing the cloud is very different from securing on-premises infrastructure. In the cloud, organizations lack the same level of control of their infrastructure as they enjoy on premises. This means that traditional cybersecurity solutions are often less effective or impossible to use in the cloud.
Exacerbating this issue is the fact that many organizations have multi-cloud deployments. This means that organizations need to learn how to properly configure and secure multiple different vendor-specific platforms. With cloud security expertise already in short supply, effectively securing multiple cloud environments may be outside of an organization’s capabilities.
This is where a cloud security company comes in. A cloud security company offers security tools that are designed for the cloud, and to work across multi-cloud environments. This unifies an organization’s security infrastructure and integrates the required cloud-specific knowledge into the tools themselves.
A cloud security company should provide an organization with all of the tools that it requires to meet its security responsibilities (according to the shared responsibility model) across all of the cloud service providers that it uses.
These core services should include:
The cloud is designed to make business easier, and a cloud security provider should do so as well. When evaluating cloud security companies, look for the following:
Check Point offers several cloud-native security solutions designed to provide protection against a wide range of cloud-specific threats. To learn more about the current challenges that organizations face in securing their cloud infrastructure, check out Check Point’s 2020 Cloud Security Report. You’re also welcome to sign up for a free trial to see how Check Point can help protect your organization against the modern cloud threat landscape.