Adding compliance trails in cloud environments

The secret to resolving compliance and security issues before they escalate into costly audit penalties is to proactively add an automated compliance and security management system in the cloud environment. This way your company can take advantage of all the security benefits offered by the cloud provider while also managing other security aspects critical to your company’s operations while also providing an audit trail that can be used to help verify compliance.

In short, your company needs the means to detect specific issues and correct them prior to an official compliance certification audit. The top areas that auditors check are all centered on data access. That’s understandable given that Gartner predicts that “by 2023, 75% of security failures will result from inadequate management of identities, access, and privileges, up from 50% in 2020.”

Cloud security automation can scale along with your workloads in cloud environments and correct compliance issues and security vulnerabilities as they occur. Your company should consider the following when selecting an Identity Access Management (IAM) product to use in cloud environments to automate corrections and ensure compliance.

  • More easily visualize the current IAM posture and get alerts about excessive permissions
  • Get proof of regulatory compliance and data hygiene along with verification that relevant assets can only be accessed from specific areas in the application
  • Monitor any changes in the application that require updates in its security policy
  • If needed, create a new security policy that reflects the needs of each cloud-based asset
  • Ease of deployment in the pre-production and production environments

Source: Cloud services and foggy compliance issues

Cybersecurity for Executives in the Age of Cloud by [Teri Radichel]