8 Essential Considerations for Hybrid Cloud Security

Data centers may be consolidated utilizing hybrid clouds. Hybrid cloud data storage is a combination of distinct and independent elements with a public cloud provider and a private cloud platform. The infrastructure for a hybrid cloud permits encrypted communication, while each cloud operates independently, allowing for less exposure for sensitive data. The complexities of a hybrid cloud environment require an effective security program. These eight security considerations are essential when switching to hybrid cloud storage.
  1. Accountability:  Accountability for hybrid cloud security resides with both the customer and provider. At the customer level, accountability of security protocols should begin with executive leadership. Knowledge of security protocols is important to avoid security breaches that lead to compromised sensitive data.
  2. Analysis:  An analysis of existing security baselines for services and systems should be completed before adopting cloud resources. Knowledge of current security capabilities will assist a company to select a hybrid cloud service provider.
  3. Balance:  A balance between risk tolerance and evolving security models must be maintained for an effective operation. The additional storage needs of the company must be addressed while protecting sensitive information.
  4. Components:  There are three components to consider when designing security protocols for a hybrid cloud environment. These components include infrastructure, software-as-a-service applications (SaaS) and legacy on-premise systems.
  5. Communication and Collaboration:  Hybrid environments require communication and collaboration across every department of the company. Initial collaboration regarding security protocols with users proves beneficial compared to placing a myriad of restrictions. An effective security program hinges on communication and collaboration.
  6. Emerging Trends:  Although hybrid cloud security includes traditional perimeter based controls, including access controls, firewalls, and risk analysis, additional concerns must be contemplated. Emerging trends such as Docker present unique security challenges. The protection of sensitive assets is preferable to deal with a data breach.
  7. Mergers and Acquisitions:  Hybrid cloud security protocols are of primary importance when dealing with risks involved with mergers and acquisitions. The protection of IP’s and other assets in an evolving environment poses security concerns. Liability and security issues regarding the acquisition target should be assessed before the merger process begins.
  8. Security Tools:  Traditional security tools and protocols are not sufficient for hybrid cloud security. Hybrid cloud resources may offer less visibility of security environments. Cloud Native and Cloud-First are beneficial security tools for hybrid cloud data protection.
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