Organizations looking to secure their hyperscale infrastructures can take proactive steps to protect their data from threats and better secure their cloud deployments. While the problems and numbers might appear overwhelming at first, these risks can be managed with the right tools. One such tool is SoftwareONE’s PyraCloud, a single platform designed to encourage visibility, reduce risk, and assist in cloud cost optimization across the entire cloud deployment.
Once companies have the right technology in hand to optimize you’re their hyperscale cloud environments, they should start building and deploying actionable strategies to reduce the risk posed by cloud misconfigurations.
Identify digital assets
Before an organization looks to secure anything, it needs to identify current digital assets. A company can’t protect what it doesn’t know it has. When identifying digital assets, the organization should consider its software vendors, cloud service providers, data storage locations, and the network these assets belong to.
Vulnerability assessment and penetration testing
The next step to securing a hyperscale infrastructure is discovering vulnerabilities and remediating control weaknesses. Engaging in a penetration test enables the organization to evaluate the current state of its configurations and remediate control weaknesses.
When deciding on a vulnerability assessment and penetration testing service, an organization should consider one that provides the following ways to discover vulnerabilities and assess control weaknesses:
- Internal network testing and assessment – Find missing security patches, weak passwords, and misconfigurations.
- External network testing and assessment – Identify misconfigured firewalls, routers, and weak authentication processes.
- Web application testing and assessment – Discover weaknesses in web-facing applications, like misconfigurations and weak authentication procedures.
This particular assessment will help outline the breadth of the organization’s hyperscale cloud security initiatives.
Network segmentation mitigates the impact a misconfigured cloud resource can have. Even if a malicious actor gains access to the network through the insecure cloud resource, network segmentation prevents the person from moving laterally.
When looking to enhance security with network segmentation, organizations should create a strategy that includes a process for the following areas:
- Identifying sensitive information
- Consolidating similar network resources
- Ensuring that data flows maintain productivity
- Setting endpoint access controls
- Conducting regular network audits
The goal of this exercise is to help find weak spots in the organization’s network segmentation strategy and patch them on an ongoing basis without disrupting productivity.
Secure cloud workloads
Securing cloud workloads is fundamental to a hyperscale threat protection strategy. Organizations need to monitor their cloud workloads continuously, but monitoring does nothing without putting the appropriate security settings in place.
When looking for a cloud workload security solution, organizations should consider one that includes:
- Malware protection
- Network traffic monitoring
- Virtual server patching
- Virtual machine (VM) configuration protection capabilities
- Prevention of application installation
This will help keep workloads safe if a malicious actor does breach your network.