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As more companies move their applications and data to the cloud, there’s a growing need for secure cloud software that is certified. Cloud security configurations must be up-to date for any business that manages sensitive information, develops automated Continuous Integration and Deployment (CI/CD) or meets stringent regulatory requirements.

When selecting a provider for cloud services, pick one that provides security and encryption that is scalable and reliable as well as multi-factor identification and granular control on a single platform. It’s also important to understand who is responsible for your data- and what happens to it in the event that you change providers or leave. Make sure to review the vendor’s compliance credentials as well.

If you’re looking to increase your skills in the field, think about the possibility of obtaining a cloud security certificate. The CSA’s Certificate of Cloud Security Knowledge is widely regarded as the top of the line in cloud security. It offers a solid foundation for you to earn other credentials specific to the vendor and job roles.

You’ll want to invest in a SIEM solution that reliably collects data from a variety of cloud providers. The more logs you have in your SIEM the easier it will be to detect threats or anomalies. Cloud connectors, such as Exabeam’s, Exabeam let you collect logs from more than 40 cloud services without the need to code or costly professional service engagements.

A good cloud environment not only offers strong security, but provides cost-effective solutions for disaster recovery and backup, and guarantees compliance with industry standards including GDPR. It also allows you to perform assessments and penetration tests to ensure that your security infrastructure is current and to identify any areas that require attention, as well as establish standards for data backup and retention.

Cloud security physical security includes measures to control access to hardware located in cloud providers’ datacenters and includes secure locks and uninterrupted power supply as well as CCTV, as well as monitoring of air and particle filtration and fire protection. It’s important to assess the hardware security of the cloud provider, which includes the integrity and quality of storage media.