Strategies to focus-on in Multi-Cloud Environments


As companies are showing a lot of interest in moving to multi-cloud infrastructures, there are few points which need your attention to make the migration process a true success. Here centralization can help security teams to increase their security posture in multi-cloud environments.

However, it comes with own set of challenges like managing security access controls and monitoring tools in fragmented environments.

Here’s where some cloud brokering companies offer tools which help teams centralize and integrate all the processes related to cloud management into a single pane of glass. But before deploying such tools, security teams should 1st evaluate their management skills. performance and credibility and then go for their deployment.

Hence, while picking a solution, it is better to look out for the following features-

Endpoint Security Tools- Nowadays, anti-malware and endpoint detection tools work across multiple cloud environments.

Vulnerability Scanning- Most vulnerability monitoring solutions are now offering successful integration into major cloud provider environments. For instance, RedLock, DivvyCloud, and CloudCheckr.

Configuration and Patching- Nowadays companies are showing a lot of interest in tools which run on automation platforms for configuration. So, as the demand is for such solutions, companies like Puppet, Chef, and Ansible are proving essential.

Centralization of analytics- Getting log files from multi-cloud environments onto a central source for evaluation is essential and here’s where SIEM players are working to integrate with most cloud providers.

Solutions with Template based infrastructure as a code- Those security teams which like to keep a track on multi-cloud environments should look into solutions which offer infrastructure as code tools like Terraform. Often such company provided services have the ability to integrate with cloud-native template technology like AWS Cloud Formation and Azure Resource Manager Templates to define infra-configs and other elements of cloud accounts.

And a matter of fact, some controls such as encryption, all identity & access management and automation of API and scripting specific in one environment cannot be that easy to centralize.

Furthermore, apart from centralization, security teams should also know how to implement controls on multiple layers and apply them to each environment.