Policies that Ensure Smooth Functioning of a Cloud Infrastructure Security Program

By CIOReview | Friday, July 8, 2016

As more companies are resorting to cloud infrastructure for streamlining their business operations; addressing the security needs for the same becomes a major concern and a tedious task in itself. The policies incorporated by most of these companies must take into account the enterprise’s long-term business strategies, risk assessments and tolerance for those risks. In the recent years, data breaches have turned out to be a regular occurrence, which in turn jeopardizes a company’s position in the market. Security for a cloud infrastructure can be ensured at any level, initiating at advising employees and executives to incorporate passwords which can’t be cracked easily. Enterprises can gradually extend their focus on aspects like authorized use, authentication and passwords, network security, desktop security, mobile devices, and BYOD. Moreover, companies have to ensure that security strategy they avail from service providers for cloud computing operations is trustworthy. This in turn assists firms to take an active role in their own security and risk management. Let’s glance through some of the most essential policies, an entrepreneur should consider before integrating a cloud security infrastructure program to fend away security threats.

Business Goals Assessment: 

This is the most crucial and the primary step involved in the process of leveraging cloud security. Focused on enabling technologies, processes, and people; cloud security policies must assess the objectives for determining individual or specific business needs. In such scenarios, executive inputs help in confirming the effective protection of all the assets, and ensure that all parties comprehend the business goals.

Maintenance of a Risk Management Program: 

An efficient risk management program helps in forging a long-term business strategy which would in turn reduce the overall risk an organization might have to tackle. Such a system can be developed and maintained centrally, where browsing becomes more of a holistic approach. Additionally, such a program prioritizes resource utilization based on the business requirements.

Security Plan that Supports the Business Goals:

Once the assessment of the business goals are completed, it is important to incorporate the most appropriate security plan into practice. Companies strive at achieving goals with measurable results, which subsequently will furnish support for the organization’s growth. These goals can take into account an array of factors, viz. specification date for completion, verification of achievement, and a measurable expected result. In such a sophisticated work environment, security personnel regularly perform analysis to not just discover the enterprise needs but also to create responsible programs that streamline the workflow and reduce exposure to data threats. Furthermore, it also enables the inclusion of necessary controls and auditing capabilities to avert security breaches; and to install and maintain a security system that meets enterprise needs.

Corporate Wide Support: 

In a general business setup, number of factors comes into play and security as such is bifurcated into several levels based on the nature and complexity of the operations involved. These security policies must comply with regulatory requirements and risk management programs. Another key factor taken into consideration is the essential central management of the program and easy implementation of it throughout the organization, without compromising on productivity line. Considering its significance, companies look for proactive security programs that can gain approval not only at executive management level, but also from the general workforce.

Orchestrate Efficient Security Policies and Procedures: 

Compliance is an essential part of any enterprise setup and to effectively meet compliance requirements businesses need to incorporate policies and guidelines. Newer and growing companies usually take advantage of cloud services, which haven’t yet embedded a proper threat aversion system in its existing setup. Enterprises seek for the most suitable solution from the service providers, which has been created in similar environments over a significant time period.

Audit and Review Often: 

Another essential step in the entire process includes reviewing the security plan on a regular basis, reporting on achievements of goals, and finally auditing the compliance of the organization. This step depends on regular analysis of auditing requirements for the business growth. Maintaining the frequency of such audits and their analysis helps in ensuring compliance and securing enterprise resources.

Continuous Improvement: 

It is important for companies that leverage cloud services to annually review the security plan they incorporate by consulting with senior management and the cloud service providers. Some companies don’t fill the urge to drop their existing infrastructure to move onto cloud, but over time businesses have evolved, and so does the technology required to support the security program. Continuous improvement strategy cannot solely lie on analyzing the business, but also needs to evaluate security requirements to avert risk exposure.