Cloud Security

Cyforce cloud cybersecurity solutions extend seamlessly across your hybrid environment, allowing you to maintain unified security controls across physical, virtual, and multi-cloud environments.

If your organization is anything like the majority of modern enterprises and agencies out there, you’re probably using some combination of physical, virtual, private cloud, and public cloud computing. A heterogeneous approach like this can significantly improve the affordability and efficiency for your IT resource use, but it also complicates your cybersecurity posture if your toolset can’t keep up.

Cloud Security Definition

Cloud security is a discipline of cyber security dedicated to securing cloud computing systems. This includes keeping data private and safe across online-based infrastructure, applications, and platforms. Securing these systems involves the efforts of cloud providers and the clients that use them, whether an individual, small to medium business, or enterprise uses.

Cloud security is a responsibility that is shared between the cloud provider and the customer. There are basically three categories of responsibilities in the Shared Responsibility Model: responsibilities that are always the provider’s, responsibilities that are always the customer’s, and responsibilities that vary depending on the service model: Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), or Software as a Service (SaaS), such as cloud email.
The security responsibilities that are always the provider’s are related to the safeguarding of the infrastructure itself, as well as access to, patching, and configuration of the physical hosts and the physical network on which the compute instances run and the storage and other resources reside.

Cloud computing categories

Cloud security differs based on the category of cloud computing being used. There are four main categories of cloud computing:

  • Public cloud services, operated by a public cloud provider — These include software-as-a-service (SaaS), infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS), and platform-as-a-service (PaaS).
  • Private cloud services, operated by a public cloud provider — These services provide a computing environment dedicated to one customer, operated by a third party.
  • Private cloud services, operated by internal staff — These services are an evolution of the traditional data center, where internal staff operates a virtual environment they control.
  • Hybrid cloud services — Private and public cloud computing configurations can be combined, hosting workloads and data based on optimizing factors such as cost, security, operations and access. Operation will involve internal staff, and optionally the public cloud provider.

Importance of cloud security

According to recent research, 1 in 4 companies using public cloud services have experienced data theft by a malicious actor. An additional 1 in 5 has experienced an advanced attack against their public cloud infrastructure. In the same study, 83% of organizations indicated that they store sensitive information in the cloud. With 97% of organizations worldwide using cloud services today, it is essential that everyone evaluates their cloud security and develops a strategy to protect their data.1

 

Cloud security from Cyforce Technology enables organizations to accelerate their business by giving them total visibility and control over their data in the cloud.

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