It is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM)! While enhancing your cyberspace is a 24/7 activity, we have taken the time to highlight cybersecurity practices at MetroStar to celebrate this month.
Our smartphones and mobile devices’ technological needs have fueled cloud computing adoption, making organizations more cost-effective and agile. Organizations must leverage the cloud safely, without exposing their systems or data to security risks.
Principal Cybersecurity Engineer, Farhan Badshah, shares how you can leverage your cloud services without compromising your security.
Utilize Your Software and Tools
Understanding key concepts with Continuous Monitoring, Cloud Services Providers (CSPs), and cloud platforms are critical to achieving your mission securely.
Your security requirements depend on your use case adoption, such as your deployment setup. This may consist of a public, private, community, or hybrid model. You must also consider CSPs like AWS, Azure, or Google.
Under continuous monitoring, CSP embedded tools or a customized technology stack can be implemented to monitor the cloud infrastructure. Additionally, security testing tools for applications hosted within the environment must also be protected from potential threats and vulnerabilities.
Cloud security protects against cyber-attacks, so the infrastructure and network layer provided by the CSP can minimize those risks. Data and application security must be considered by adding security controls to provide encryption, access management, and data loss prevention measures.
Lastly, your cloud services model is an essential factor, such as Software as a Service (SaaS), Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), or Platform as a Service (PaaS). The service model will determine the security control responsibilities shared between the CSP and the customer using those services and tools.
Working in the Federal Sector
Data standards are key requirements for government agencies adopting cloud services. Examples of regulatory compliance may include data standards, such as Payment Card Industry (PCI) and the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP).
It is important to note that cloud flexibility and scalability impacts security, whether you’re turning up or down your data capacity. To meet availability requirements, you have the flexibility to avoid system crashes during high traffic periods and ensuring optimal performance for your business.
At MetroStar, we have supported agencies at all stages of their Cloud security journey. For example, at the Department of Treasury, we have achieved a FedRAMP High ATO for their AWS Cloud environment. We use a creative approach to automate security controls. So, whether it’s your first time migrating from an on-premise environment, utilizing existing cloud services, or a combination of both, we are here to ensure your cloud infrastructure and data are secure to meet your mission.
Watch our video to learn how to leverage your Cloud without compromising your cybersecurity.