How to establish data security in the hybrid cloud

As an increasing number of businesses start to adopt emerging cloud computing technologies, new data security challenges are coming to the surface that need to be addressed.

According to Gartner, more than $1 trillion in IT spending will be affected by the shift to the cloud by 2020, either directly or indirectly. Essentially, this makes cloud computing one of the most disruptive forces since the start of the digital age.

Some businesses still use traditional data security solutions designed for shielding data that rests on-premises, but these may not be as well-adjusted to the dynamic nature of the cloud. To keep up with the times, certain businesses have started to consider the following solutions:

– Web application firewalls.

– Advanced threat protection.

– Sandboxes.

– Secure email gateways.

– Data centre protection.

– Thin clients.

However, all of this can be quite difficult to manage, so perhaps it is better to focus on simplicity. In order to have an effective data security solution for cloud environments, organisations must address the following three requirements:

  1. Integration

Tools need to work together to create a single system. This will enhance visibility and ensure that threat intelligence is shared.

  1. Synchronisation

Solutions need to offer a coordinated response to threats and work as a unified system.

  1. Automation

To be effective, the system needs to work automatically and respond to detected threats in real-time.

Being able to tackle the current and future data security challenges is key to developing a fully digital business model.