Cloud computing and storage provides enterprises with capabilities to process and manage data in third-party data centers. Cloud capabilities are delivered through a variety of different service models (software, platform, and infrastructure) and deployment models (private, public, hybrid, and community). Given this, there are a number of associated security challenges in two broad categories: issues faced by cloud providers and issues faced by their customers.

While the responsibility goes both ways, much of the onus falls on customers to fortify applications, use strong passwords and authentication measures, and implement automated identity and governance procedures.

Our experience at Data Strategy has shown that creating awareness is the first step to developing a defensible security strategy. This typically starts with a Security Assessment specifically geared toward your industry, goals, and compliance requirements. Data Strategy differentiates during this process by including an examination of Shadow IT: a micro and macro view of your public cloud usage. This is a critical gap in the risk registers and overall security posture for most organizations.

These diagnostic assessment results provoke critical answers to visibility, risk management, and threat detection, which lead to the second step in the process: Governance. Data Strategy and our clients work collaboratively to create a vendor risk assessment workflow, identifying control and remediation technologies along with integration to ingress/egress devices. Using our unique approach and expertise in Cloud Security, Data Strategy is able to operationalize risk, governance, compliance and security technologies and policies to the Cloud Service Providers (CSPs) in use across an organization. We help you extend the most stringent DLP, Encryption, and Access Controls to your mission critical CSPs.

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