5 Critical Elements for Evaluating Cloud Security Solutions

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Today's IT infrastructures are expanding beyond traditional data centers, propelling organizations to pay closer attention to their security posture on-premise and in the cloud. That's why integrating security controls with DevOps processes and cloud migration initiatives should be the first step in establishing your hybrid cloud security strategy.

A compelling hybrid cloud security solution can accelerate your operations, save valuable resources, and allow you to focus on what matters the most for your business.

When selecting an effective cloud security solution for your data center or cloud provider, consider these five critical elements.

1. Advanced Threat Detection

First, ensure that the security solution you choose is armed with advanced intelligence tools for complex threat detection. These tools will help protect your infrastructure from inside and outside threats and are available in a variety of options.

User Behavior Analytics (UBA) uses machine learning and data science to understand how users behave within your environment. UBA reveals risky abnormalities that deviate from normal behavior and reports on insider threats for follow-up action.

While UBA solutions look at the patterns of human behavior, User and Entity Behavior Analytics (UEBA) systems model the behavior of both, humans and machines. Since other entities besides users are often present, UEBA software correlates user activity and other applications, networks and external threats and pinpoints threats more accurately.

Finally, Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) is a de-facto security management tool that collects, stores and correlates events to find threats. SIEM combines security events from security information management and security event management functions into one database and offers a comprehensive analysis, reports and alerts in a centralized location.

Incorporating user behavior analytics into a cyber threat prevention strategy helps companies increase security operations accuracy and shorten investigation timelines. It will also help you achieve a high level of effectiveness of your entire security system.

2. Virtual Firewall

A cloud-based firewall is an appliance that provides network traffic filtering and virtual machine monitoring in a virtualized environment. Similar to a traditional network firewall, a virtual firewall inspects packets and uses security rules to block unwanted communication between virtual machines. Since virtual firewalls don't require hardware installation, they are less expensive compared to their physical counterparts. Their portability also makes virtual firewalls ideal for organizations that run operations in the cloud via IaaS and PaaS models.

3. Intrusion Detection Systems

Intrusion Detection Systems (IDS) provide an instant response to incidents to protect your virtual infrastructure. IDS solutions alert administrators of malicious activity and policy violations while identifying and taking actions against attacks. They detect different types of network attacks, including DoS/DDoS, direct access attacks, cross-site scripting, brute force, buffer overflows, CGI attacks, stealth port scans and much more.

By analyzing different types of attacks, intrusion detection systems identify patterns of malicious content and help the administrators organize and implement effective controls fast and efficiently. A quality IDS can achieve high levels of visibility while maintaining regulatory compliance across the entire network.

4. Agentless Introspection

Many mid-size and large IT environments experience low operational efficiency because their performance is degraded by agent-based systems. Many agent-based anti-virus installations in VM environments lack scalability, unnecessarily increase resource consumption and create security coverage gaps.

Read more: Agentless vs Agent-Based Antivirus Software: Making The Right Choice

Depending on your specific needs, different agentless solutions may use a variety of methods to maintain security in a virtualized host environment. Some are integrated to enforce remediation actions such as removing files from each virtual machine while others may be more basic in their scanning capabilities. Using an agentless security program to manage anti-malware tasks in your virtualized environment reduces computing resource demands, simplifies security management and centralizes operations so you don’t have to install multiple security program instances.

5. Role-Based Access Control (RBAC)

Manually assigning specific resources to different user levels can be a time-consuming and daunting task. Role-based access control (RBAC) automatically restricts network access based on the roles of individuals within the organization. It provides employees with access rights only to the information they need to do their jobs and prevents them from accessing any information that’s not permitted.

The 5nine Approach to Securing Your Microsoft Cloud

Security is 5nine’s number one priority. That’s why we developed 5nine Cloud Security – the only solution that protects Azure virtual machines, networks and disks efficiently and at an attractive price point. Organizations can take advantage of a simple GUI console, which includes a virtual firewall, agentless antivirus with optimized scanning, deep packet inspection, intrusion detection (IDS), and network analytics with granular user and tenant access control. Today, businesses of any size can meet their industry’s compliance and regulatory needs by deploying 5nine Cloud Security.

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Maria Talley

Maria Talley

Maria is a strategic marketer who brings over a decade of digital marketing experience to 5nine. As a software industry insider, she brings a fresh voice and insight into content development projects at 5nine. Maria enjoys making complex topics accessible and engaging to various audiences by addressing their pain points and tailoring solutions that help IT professionals optimize and streamline their business processes.

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