What is Cloud Security and What are the Benefits?

What is Cloud Security and What are the Benefits?

What is Cloud Security?

Cloud security is a set of control-based safeguards and technology protection designed to protect resources stored online from leakage, theft, or data loss.

Protection encompasses cloud infrastructure, applications, and data from threats. Security applications operate as software in the cloud using a Software as a Service (SaaS) model.

Topics that fall under the umbrella of security in the cloud include:

  • Data center security
  • Access control
  • Threat prevention
  • Threat detection
  • Threat mitigation
  • Redundancy
  • Legal compliance
  • Security policy

How Do You Manage Security in the Cloud?

Cloud service providers use a combination of methods to protect your data.

Firewalls  protect the perimeter of your network security and your end-users. Firewalls also safeguard traffic between different apps stored in the cloud.

Access controls protect data by allowing you to set access lists for different assets. For instance, you might allow specific employees application access, while restricting others. A general rule is to provide employees’ access to only the tools they need to do their job. By maintaining strict access control, you can keep critical documents from malicious insiders or hackers with stolen credentials.

Cloud providers take steps to protect data that’s in transit. Data security methods include virtual private networks, encryption, or masking. Virtual private networks (VPNs) allow remote employees to connect to corporate networks. VPNs accommodate tablets and smartphones for remote access.

Data masking encrypts identifiable information, such as names. This maintains data integrity by keeping important information private. 

Threat intelligence spots security threats and ranks them in order of importance. This feature helps you protect mission-critical assets from threats.

Disaster recovery is key to security since it helps you recover data that are lost or stolen.

While not a security component per se, your cloud services provider may need to comply with data storage regulations. Some countries require that data must be stored within their country. If your country has this requirement, you need to verify that a cloud provider has data centers in your country.

What are the Benefits of a Cloud Security System?

Now that you understand how cloud computing security operates, explore the ways it benefits your business.

Cloud-based security systems benefit your business through:

  • Protecting your business from threats
  • Guarding against internal threats
  • Preventing data loss

They also protect you against:

  • Malware and Randsomware
  • DDoS attacks
  • Threats

CDNetworks Cloud Security solution combines the robust performance of a Content Delivery Networks’ (CDN) with enhanced security to deliver our customers’ websites in a fast and secure manner. Our technology protects businesses from a range of cyber-attacks, including, but not limited to, SQL injection and Cross-Site Scripting (XSS) attacks. Due to the scale and size of our platform, we can handle volumetric DDoS attacks with ease.

CDNetworks Cloud Security Products:

  • Application Shield
  • Flood Shield
  • Bot Shield

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