What is cloud security monitoring?

Cloud security monitoring is an automated process of continuously assessing physical and virtual servers to analyze data for threats and vulnerabilities in cloud-based environments. It’s an essential component of cloud computing security that allows companies to observe, review, and manage operational workflows in the entire cloud infrastructure, including database and software platforms.

This post dives further to explore how cloud security monitoring works, the best practices to protect sensitive data, and the benefits and drawbacks of security monitoring in cloud computing. It also explains how Parallels® RAS can help you enhance security monitoring in the cloud.

Function of security monitoring in cloud computing

Like security information and event management (SIEM), cloud security monitoring solutions work by gathering log data across multiple servers. An advanced security monitoring tool can help you enhance responses to security incidents by processing and correlating the collected data for any anomalous activity in real-time.

Besides enhancing incident responses, IT teams can use the generated alerts to help investigate and detect early threats. In addition, you can leverage cloud security monitoring tools to support compliance use cases, since many regulatory bodies require companies to keep their audit logs for up to one year.

There are three basic approaches to cloud security monitoring. First, you can do it in the cloud server hosting infrastructures, like Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud Watch or Azure Monitor. Using such a cloud-native security monitoring tool lets you take full advantage of cloud computing.

Second, you can leverage an on-premises tool to diagnose and solve performance issues in your cloud platform. Unlike cloud-based tools that are solely managed by cloud service providers (CSPs), the management of on-premises security monitoring solutions is undertaken by in-house IT teams.

Third, you could use a third-party service provider in your cloud platform to monitor cloud security risks. When used in a cloud-based environment, cloud monitoring solutions should provide various capabilities, including:

Best practices for effective cloud security monitoring

As powerful as cloud computing may be, it may not help you impact the organization’s bottom line, especially if it’s poorly implemented. To make cloud security effective, you must think strategically and adhere to best practices. Below are a few of the best practices that can help your monitoring capabilities:

Advantages of cloud security monitoring

Security monitoring in cloud computing has many benefits that can promote the business’s bottom line. Some of these benefits include:

Challenges with cloud security monitoring

Despite the benefits—including enhanced IT efficiency, scalability, and agility—that come with cloud computing, organizations must address the security challenges associated with these services. Security is a significant challenge in cloud-based environments because of the shared responsibility model, and most companies can’t delineate where their responsibilities start and CSPs’ responsibilities end.

Common cloud security challenges that organizations are likely to face include the following:

Efficient cloud security monitoring with Parallels RAS

Digitization is no longer a catchphrase that companies use to associate with attaining competitive advantage. Organizations need to digitize their operations through solutions such as cloud computing to reduce costs, improve efficiencies, increase customer satisfaction, and more.

In the recent past, cloud-based applications have become increasingly prevalent as organizations race to embrace hybrid working environments. Meanwhile, cybersecurity attacks are increasing while more businesses embrace these solutions. Parallels RAS is an all-in-one virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) and advanced cloud monitoring solution that organizations can leverage to efficiently monitor security in cloud-based environments.

In addition to supporting major hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) deployments, Parallels RAS also supports private, public, and hybrid cloud environments, simplifying the cloud migration process. Using Parallels RAS, organizations can ensure that all employees have secure access to the enterprise assets on any endpoint.

The platform also provides out-of-the-box cloud security solutions, including multi-factor authentication (MFA), granular filtering, role-based access control (RBAC), and client policies that IT teams can leverage to remediate data security risks. It also seamlessly integrates with SSO solutions like Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML), OAuth, and OpenID.

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