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5 Tips for Integrating Security Best Practices into Your Cloud Strategy

June 19, 2018

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Do ‘cloud-first’ strategies create a security-second mindset?

Too often, I hear system administrators tell me that their organization’s cloud-first strategy is jeopardizing security. With each new software-, infrastructure, and platform-as-a-service adopted by line-of-business users or within enterprise IT, security seems to be an afterthought.

The challenge with most cloud-first strategies is that they incorporate both hybrid cloud (private and public) and multicloud (heterogeneous cloud infrastructures from multiple vendors) environments; in almost all cases, these infrastructures lack consistency in management interfaces, access controls, and third-party tool support. So, not only do cloud-first strategies increase your organization’s attack surface, they can be difficult to manage and secure.

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