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Public Cloud Security Issues

Public Cloud Security. The obvious benefits offered by cloud computing technology have not only made it inevitable but also irresistible for businesses to embrace this ever-innovating technology. While scalability and agility improve business productivity levels, optimization of resources decreases Capex and Opex. However, choosing the right cloud model for your business requirements is a tough task. Businesses have the option to choose a Public, Private, or Hybrid cloud. With the public cloud offering a cost-effective model, small and medium businesses are turning to this option. However, price is not the only criterion to be concerned with; data integrity and security are also significant areas for consideration. Below are certain security issues businesses should address when determining which cloud model is best for their business.

What is Cloud Security?

Cloud computing is the supply of hosted services over the Internet, involving software, hardware, and storage. Cloud technology has become virtually universal among enterprises of all sizes, typically as part of a hybrid/multi-cloud infrastructure design, due to the benefits of quick deployment, flexibility, minimal up-front costs, and scalability.

The technology, procedures, controls, and services that safeguard cloud data, applications, and infrastructure against attacks are referred to as cloud security.

Private vs Public Cloud Security

Whether an organization’s infrastructure is hosted in a private, public, or hybrid cloud, cybersecurity is an essential component of any type of cloud deployment model. While certain cloud designs make security chores and tool integrations easier, they typically come at the expense of flexibility.

Public Cloud Security

Organizations can use third-party CSPs (cloud service providers) to manage their data center infrastructure’s applications and data. Many CSPs also have security measures built in to assist in securing business-critical data.

Private Cloud Security

Private cloud, as the name indicates, gives a company exclusive access to cloud infrastructure resources. There are advantages and cons to this infrastructure, just as there are to the public cloud.

Hybrid Cloud Security

Lastly, there are companies that work in hybrid cloud settings. Some corporate applications and data are maintained in public clouds, whereas others are managed in private clouds or data centers.

Multi-Tenancy Issues

A Public cloud is offered at an affordable price because resources are shared between multiple tenants. Using the scalability feature, Public cloud providers offer the same infrastructure to multiple clients and scale up resources on a real-time basis. When you share CPU, memory, and data center resources with multiple users, there is a risk of unauthorized access to your business networks. If there is any flaw in the cloud network, it allows other users to access your data or even read your network information. In addition, the Public Cloud allows people to use the same hardware to hack your IP and MAC numbers and gain access to your business networks.

Limited Control on Running Technologies

Another vital area of concern is that Public Cloud users do not have any control over the business processes managing the cloud. This lack of transparency about the technology used in the Public Cloud leaves you with limited control of your networks. For instance, you are not sure which virtualization product is offering the virtualization feature, and the version of the software used. When choosing a Public Cloud, it is recommended to inquire about virtualization technologies used and features offered. It is also important to understand the difference between virtualization and the cloud.

Data Encryption Issues

Data integrity and security is an essential aspects of every business. With the increased scrutiny of data management techniques of companies by the government authorities, managing your data using proper storage methods has become even more critical. In a public cloud, data needs to be encrypted using highly secure methods. Unencrypted data can be vulnerable to hacking attacks. When choosing a Public Cloud, you need to check if private keys are shared with other users and how your data is processed.

In addition, data retention techniques need to be checked. Business data that is deleted or moved needs to be erased from the data center. However, you do not have complete control of the data center infrastructure to use proper data sanitization techniques. If data is not erased correctly, it can be accessed by other users and used in a harmful manner.

Data Compliance Issues

As a compliance measure, businesses need to disclose information about data management solutions used. In a public cloud, data is stored at random locations on content delivery networks of the cloud provider across the globe. When choosing the Public cloud provider, it is crucial to know where your data resides.

Enforcing security at the virtual machine and augmenting it with a multi-layer defense can secure your cloud networks. Moreover, data needs to be encrypted, and security solutions need to be up to date. While Public clouds offer the right platform for businesses to increase efficiency at cost-effective prices, securing your business networks is the key to a successful implementation of cloud technology.

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