Cloud Computing Security White Paper

Cloud Computing

Cloud Computing Security White Paper by LIFARS

As technology continues to advance and transform business functions, more companies are choosing to transfer their data into the cloud. With having easy accessibility to servers, databases and application services, cloud computing removes the responsibility of managing, storing and sharing data and hands it to a third-party cloud provider. The cloud computing provides businesses flexibility allowing for easy access to data anytime and anywhere.

However, unlike traditional systems, cloud environments present new security concerns. Many of the popular cloud providers, such as Amazon, Microsoft, Google, undoubtedly have a solid security in place – but it’s important to remember that they are not infallible. In one scenario, multiple cloud-based applications that were each secure on their own, had to interact with each other, and this interaction caused user data to be exposed in the process. The complexity of today’s systems is ever-increasing, and the threats to your assets are real. Regular and continuous penetration testing and security reviews are best practice recommendations for any organization to meet a high-quality standard. As more companies select different SaaS, IaaS and PaaS platforms for their corporate environment, the security and compliance with regulatory requirements has become a major reason for transitioning to a cloud platform.

In this white paper you will learn:

  • Benefits of cloud computing
  • Top considerations to check when choosing cloud computing 
  • Different types of cloud services, such as Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), and Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS)
  • Top 10 threats in the cloud and the preventative measures
  • Differences in cloud penetration testing and traditional penetration testing 
  • What multi-vendor approach on cloud is and why it is necessary  
  • Tips on using cloud file sharing applications

Assessing your own systems for security gaps and vulnerabilities is essential for any organization operating (even partially) in the digital realm. As a result, many cloud providers now offer cloud security services.

For any questions on Cloud Computing security assessment, please contact our Cloud Security and Compliance Assessment team, or for any advice on protecting your organisation please contact LIFARS Incident Response team.