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The high-level objectives of cloud security serve important functions.

This includes:

  • Ensure cloud data, users, and underlying systems are sufficiently secured against threats
  • Prevent API exploitation
  • Prevent data corruption vulnerabilities

The threat landscape of the cloud differs from that of a traditional on-premises environment. An increasing reliance on the cloud brings new complexities and security challenges, and as a result, adversaries are increasingly targeting these environments.

The importance of effective cloud security is so crucial that the National Security Agency (NSA) recently released its Top Ten Cloud Security Mitigation Strategies to inform cloud customers about important security practices as they shift their data to cloud environments.

One of the strategies refers to the elimination of manual deployments.

Manually deploying cloud resources is not only time consuming, but prone to human errors that can lead to misconfigurations and security gaps. With Infrastructure as code (IaC), resources are defined in a single location and included as part of the continuous integration/continuous delivery (CI/CD) pipeline.

This saves time on repeatable tasks that are required to be deployed in multiple environments.

IaC can also be combined with policy as code to ensure resources are vetted before deployment and force deployment failures if components are not properly configured. If used with a version control system, IaC also provides auditable logs of changes to template files. Resource protection Manual deployment also leads to difficulties tracking cloud resources.

Not being able to properly track resources can lead to shadow IT, resulting in unmonitored assets, increased costs, and data breaches.

Want to learn more? Tonex offers Cloud Security Training, a 3-day bootcamp style learning experiences that covers the essential elements of Cloud Security. This includes technical details on information, data, and storage security in the cloud. All aspects of authentication, confidentiality, integrity, availability and security risks and mitigations are also covered.

Bootcamps are ideal for busy professionals who want to stay current in their fields but have limited time to be away from the office.

Additionally, Tonex offers nearly three dozen more courses in Cybersecurity Foundation. This includes cutting edge courses like:

Cybersecurity Fundamentals (2 days)

Electric Grid Cybersecurity Master Certification (4 weeks)

Network Security Training (2 days)

Software Security Training (2 days)

ICS Cybersecurity Training (4 days)

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