Posted by Julian Alvarado on January 8, 2019
Are you hesitant to adopt the cloud because of security concerns? Our new guide explains how to secure cloud apps from design to development and deployment.
The advantages of the cloud are well-documented, yet concerns about security remain the primary reason more organizations haven’t completely adopted it. When surveyed, security professionals say that their biggest security concerns about public clouds are:
So how should development teams approach application security in the cloud? In short, organizations must extend testing for security vulnerabilities beyond the applications themselves to the underlying infrastructure stack. Overall, cloud security translates to three key areas: understanding infrastructure security, performing application security testing, and developing a mature software security initiative. Read on to learn how to secure cloud apps from design to development and deployment.
Gartner notes that in the near future, at least 95% of cloud security failures will be the customer’s fault. This is in part because of the shared responsibility model, which you can think of as a line in the sand where a cloud service provider’s (CSP) responsibility for security and compliance ends and the customer’s begins. The first step in securing your cloud apps is to know what your responsibilities are.
Once you understand your security obligations relative to your cloud model, you should examine the underlying infrastructure of your cloud deployment for weaknesses. An architect with an understanding of security controls and frameworks can perform a cloud architecture risk analysis to help you design an architecture that lowers your risk of a security breach. And a skilled testing expert can perform threat modeling to model real-life scenarios with annual business logic testing and help you address those vulnerabilities.
You should also follow these best practices for securing your cloud architecture:
The tight coupling of complex customer-cloud interactions with an application means that security implications vary widely from platform to platform and from app to app. Chances are your legacy applications and workloads were not built with the cloud in mind. When you move to the cloud, your organization is exposed to new classes of vulnerabilities you might not have considered.
Even if you’re developing cloud-native applications, it’s critical that you keep performing these standard AppSec activities:
Automation and containerization help organizations build fast and deliver continuously, but they can make managing security a challenge. Using cloud security controls effectively and building security into the continuous integration (CI) pipeline in your cloud development environment gives you the visibility, agility, and speed you need for fast, continuous delivery. As you continue to use the cloud, you must focus on developing a mature cloud software security initiative.
There are a lot of moving parts to consider when migrating to the cloud. To help your organization start planning, we’ve prepared an eBook, The Ultimate Guide to Securing Your Cloud Apps, to help you learn what you need to consider before you jump. Download below to make sure your organization is prepared.
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