With hybrid clouds on the rise, security continues to be a top concern as there are an increasing number of attack surfaces and multiple security systems that need to work together.

In a recent IT portal article, Atiq Rehamn identified 10 Hybrid Cloud Security Threats and How to Fix Them. Among some of threats mentioned are things such as lack of encryption, unprotected APIs and denial of service attacks. He cites poor network execution, security protocols, and management as key factors that can leave companies vulnerable. While there are many threats out there, how you manage and prevent them is key.

As more and more companies implement hybrid and multi-cloud solutions, they need to approach security from a more holistic view. Companies have been building policies for corporate IT standards for decades, but with data now distributed across multiple clouds, they have to ensure that the same set of rules are followed for every environment. And, these need to be continually reviewed and updated as their infrastructure evolves.

The good news is that most cloud security protocols can be automated. Organizational controls can be put in place across multiple cloud environments and can alert IT managers when changes occur across their diverse cloud infrastructure.  These controls can also understand key interdependencies and potential impact radius of a potential threat and automatically take action solving issues as they occur and shutting down the vulnerabilities.

Another factor that is not addressed in Rehamn’s article is the human factor. You can implement security solutions and put policies in place but if people don’t follow them, they open the organization up to a whole new set of vulnerabilities.  This is especially true when it comes to the mobile workforce that is increasingly accessing company data remotely. They may forget to properly log out of the  system leaving it vulnerable to outside threats.

That is why it is critical that, in addition to automating the technical controls, you also ensure that your employees are in compliance with company IT policies and that the IT department has its own set of controls in place. This can be monitored and managed automatically as well.

When it comes to security protocols, every cloud you add to the mix opens up another access point to your data. By automating processes to make compliance and policy enforcement easy, organizations can ensure that their data will be protected.

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