Why Is Visibility Crucial for Cloud Security?

Cloud services continue to be the main agenda for businesses in their digital transformation journey. As more businesses continue to use the cloud, be it for storage, backup or processing workloads, the risks for businesses are also ever-present. While cloud services will undeniably provide cybersecurity protection, businesses would still want to have that extra layer of protection or at least know where their data is, what’s happening to it and more importantly, what’s in it.

At the same time, building workloads, managing applications and updates would mean businesses would be constantly managing and configuring their systems. While it is important for businesses to ensure their configuration, access, credentials and such are up to date, in many instances, this can lead to breaches or vulnerabilities.

In fact, according to a Gartner analysis, by 2020, 80% of cloud breaches will be caused by misconfiguration, how customers manage their credentials or insider theft and not by vulnerabilities caused by cloud providers. Misconfiguration continues to be a constant problem for organisations and often end up causing breaches.

This is why organisations need to have a solution that is able to watch over security and compliance so that developers can focus on building applications. Put it simply; businesses need more visibility over cloud security as it ensures you are well informed should there be any vulnerabilities or threats on your data or when you’re building applications or moving workloads.

For example, if you’re using Microsoft Azure public cloud services, apart from the security provided by Microsoft, you would want to have visibility into your cloud configuration, especially when it comes to how you manage and secure it. One of the ways of doing it is by having end-to-end visibility into the security posture of public cloud workloads such as Azure. Also, you would want to ensure you’d have continuous compliance and be able to automate the remediation of security incidents.

Barracuda’s Cloud Security Guardian is a SaaS service that is able to provide this visibility. It helps organisations stay secure while building applications and moving workloads to the public cloud. By leveraging on Microsoft’s Security Graph API or integrating with Microsoft’s Azure Firewall, Cloud Security Guardian provides security scores and alerts to identify and prevent security violations that could eventually turn into threats.

More importantly, Cloud Security Guardian is able to automatically deploy, configure and operate whenever it assesses a security need, which in turn enhances the security framework. The orchestration and security management extend to Microsoft Azure Firewall. You will have sufficient control and visibility for Azure Firewall within your Cloud Security Guardian console, meaning you can deploy and configure when security situations require it.

Public cloud configuration can be complex, and monitoring it is no easy process, especially with configuration needed from time to time for security compliance. Without tools automating these processes, it’s almost impossible to keep tabs on the changes happening. The complexity of the public cloud will only increase, and if you don’t make the right decisions on the visibility of your cloud security, you could be at risk.

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