CommunityDevOps ExchangePartners
Articles
6/8/2021
10 minutes

Cloud Security Vulnerabilities: A Step-by-Step Plan for Quelling Threats

Written by
Copado Team
Table of contents

Originally published by New Context.

When referring to the global network of computing resources that house and drive data and information interchanges today, many use the term “cloud” or “cloud computing.” From a holistic vantage point, this nomenclature has merit similar to that of the expression network used when describing a LAN, WAN, or MAN. Yet, just as these networks typically contain many connected computers and other devices, so are most cloud deployments a collection of multiple interconnected clouds.

In today’s Information Age, the major threats that governments and enterprises (both local and global) face are digital in nature. As data is considered by many to be the most precious commodity—its use as a substitute for currency tax payments has even been considered—its acquisition and exchange are critical activities that take place in the cloud or clouds. Thus, when considering cloud security vulnerabilities, the analysis must be inclusive of all cloud deployments that may impact or interact with your systems. Prior to devising a plan to defend against these threats, we first need to recognize and understand the various types of cloud deployment.

Cloud or Clouds?

When you scan the skies on most days, the vista is usually dotted with multiple clouds. However, when you mention cloud computing, many conjure up a single structure with virtually infinite connections to networks that span the globe, similar to “the internet.” Exactly. In fact, a cloud is the part of the internet that connects a user or an enterprise with the computing resources that store and process their data. And “the cloud” generically refers to the complex constellation of data resources on the internet, in which we all are connected.

When an organization decides to undergo a cloud migration, data security should be at the top of the list of essential considerations that must be addressed from the outset. This includes knowing the types of potential security threats for different types of cloud deployments such as multicloud or hybrid cloud. Neither the cloud nor the services and vendors that comprise it are static or fixed. Even if you begin with a single cloud or service provider, your cloud network is likely to evolve due to client demands or changes in vendors or services.

Cloud or Clouds - Copado

Multicloud Security Challenges

Cloud environments are usually classified as either public or private. If your deployment consists of more than one network, regardless of whether they are public or private, then it is a multicloud. For enterprises, most cloud migrations or deployments are multicloud, which presents distinct challenges for securing data and managing access. Potential cloud security vulnerabilities for multicloud deployments include:

  • Configuration compliance
     
  • Maintaining a plan-build-run model
     
  • Asset and financial visibility
     
  • Balancing cloud-first and cloud-only approaches
     
  • Reliance on vendor management

Multicloud deployments can be quite complex as they typically involve different vendors and various tools. As such, a multicloud may require advanced tools and solutions to successfully address security vulnerabilities, which we will discuss after taking a look at hybrid cloud environments.

Hybrid Cloud Deployment

If your cloud deployment consists of an integration of both public and private networks, then it is a hybrid cloud. Hybrid clouds usually include the following attributes:

  • Comprised of multiple networked computers
     
  • Scalable
     
  • Have centralized management

Employ automationHybrid clouds offer more flexibility than a multicloud; however, both have security threats. Hybrid cloud security vulnerabilities include:

  • Securing data during operation
     
  • Reliable supply chain
     
  • Maintaining compliance
     
  • Data visibility and control

Hybrid clouds share some similar cloud security vulnerabilities with multiclouds, and both architectures require a series of deliberate steps to minimize cloud security vulnerabilities.

A Plan for Guarding Against Your Cloud Security Vulnerabilities

Although different virtual network types, the security objective of preventing unauthorized access to data or any part of the system is the same for multiclouds and hybrid clouds, as the table below indicates:

A Plan for Guarding Against Your Cloud Security Vulnerabilities | Copado

The list above is not all-inclusive. Yet, it does provide essential elements that should be a part of any planned cloud migration. Whether you are in the midst of a digital transformation or have finally realized that the success of your business necessitates it, cloud migration requires that you carefully consider the security vulnerabilities that your cloud deployment may face.

Probably, the most significant decision concerning your cloud security is who will handle your digital transformation consulting. This partner will work closely with you to ensure that your migration successfully addresses the cloud security vulnerabilities for the network configuration that best suits your needs. Therefore, you should ensure that your choice has the requisite computing and tool expertise and experience, as well as the security strategy that will safeguard your data and meet compliance requirements regardless of your cloud deployment
 

 

Book a demo

About The Author

#1 DevOps Platform for Salesforce

We Build Unstoppable Teams By Equipping DevOps Professionals With The Platform, Tools And Training They Need To Make Release Days Obsolete. Work Smarter, Not Longer.

Enhancing Customer Service with CopadoGPT Technology
What is Efficient Low Code Deployment?
Copado Launches Test Copilot to Deliver AI-powered Rapid Test Creation
Cloud-Native Testing Automation: A Comprehensive Guide
A Guide to Effective Change Management in Salesforce for DevOps Teams
Building a Scalable Governance Framework for Sustainable Value
Copado Launches Copado Explorer to Simplify and Streamline Testing on Salesforce
Exploring Top Cloud Automation Testing Tools
Master Salesforce DevOps with Copado Robotic Testing
Exploratory Testing vs. Automated Testing: Finding the Right Balance
A Guide to Salesforce Source Control
A Guide to DevOps Branching Strategies
Family Time vs. Mobile App Release Days: Can Test Automation Help Us Have Both?
How to Resolve Salesforce Merge Conflicts: A Guide
Copado Expands Beta Access to CopadoGPT for All Customers, Revolutionizing SaaS DevOps with AI
Is Mobile Test Automation Unnecessarily Hard? A Guide to Simplify Mobile Test Automation
From Silos to Streamlined Development: Tarun’s Tale of DevOps Success
Simplified Scaling: 10 Ways to Grow Your Salesforce Development Practice
What is Salesforce Incident Management?
What Is Automated Salesforce Testing? Choosing the Right Automation Tool for Salesforce
Copado Appoints Seasoned Sales Executive Bob Grewal to Chief Revenue Officer
Business Benefits of DevOps: A Guide
Copado Brings Generative AI to Its DevOps Platform to Improve Software Development for Enterprise SaaS
Celebrating 10 Years of Copado: A Decade of DevOps Evolution and Growth
Copado Celebrates 10 Years of DevOps for Enterprise SaaS Solutions
5 Reasons Why Copado = Less Divorces for Developers
What is DevOps? Build a Successful DevOps Ecosystem with Copado’s Best Practices
Scaling App Development While Meeting Security Standards
5 Data Deploy Features You Don’t Want to Miss
Top 5 Reasons I Choose Copado for Salesforce Development
How to Elevate Customer Experiences with Automated Testing
Getting Started With Value Stream Maps
Copado and nCino Partner to Provide Proven DevOps Tools for Financial Institutions
Unlocking Success with Copado: Mission-Critical Tools for Developers
How Automated Testing Enables DevOps Efficiency
How to Keep Salesforce Sandboxes in Sync
How to Switch from Manual to Automated Testing with Robotic Testing
Best Practices to Prevent Merge Conflicts with Copado 1 Platform
Software Bugs: The Three Causes of Programming Errors
How Does Copado Solve Release Readiness Roadblocks?
Why I Choose Copado Robotic Testing for my Test Automation
How to schedule a Function and Job Template in DevOps: A Step-by-Step Guide
Delivering Quality nCino Experiences with Automated Deployments and Testing
Best Practices Matter for Accelerated Salesforce Release Management
Maximize Your Code Quality, Security and performance with Copado Salesforce Code Analyzer
Upgrade Your Test Automation Game: The Benefits of Switching from Selenium to a More Advanced Platform
Three Takeaways From Copa Community Day
Cloud Native Applications: 5 Characteristics to Look for in the Right Tools
Using Salesforce nCino Architecture for Best Testing Results
How To Develop A Salesforce Testing Strategy For Your Enterprise
What Is Multi Cloud: Key Use Cases and Benefits for Enterprise Settings
5 Steps to Building a Salesforce Center of Excellence for Government Agencies
Salesforce UI testing: Benefits to Staying on Top of Updates
Benefits of UI Test Automation and Why You Should Care
Types of Salesforce Testing and When To Use Them
Copado + DataColada: Enabling CI/CD for Developers Across APAC
What is Salesforce API Testing and It Why Should Be Automated
Machine Learning Models: Adapting Data Patterns With Copado For AI Test Automation
Automated Testing Benefits: The Case For As Little Manual Testing As Possible
Beyond Selenium: Low Code Testing To Maximize Speed and Quality
UI Testing Best Practices: From Implementation to Automation
How Agile Test Automation Helps You Develop Better and Faster
Salesforce Test Cases: Knowing When to Test
DevOps Quality Assurance: Major Pitfalls and Challenges
11 Characteristics of Advanced Persistent Threats (APTs) That Set Them Apart
7 Key Compliance Regulations Relating to Data Storage
7 Ways Digital Transformation Consulting Revolutionizes Your Business
6 Top Cloud Security Trends
API Management Best Practices
Applying a Zero Trust Infrastructure in Kubernetes
Building a Data Pipeline Architecture Based on Best Practices Brings the Biggest Rewards
CI/CD Methodology vs. CI/CD Mentality: How to Meet Your Workflow Goals
DevOps to DevSecOps: How to Build Security into the Development Lifecycle
DevSecOps vs Agile: It’s Not Either/Or
How to Create a Digital Transformation Roadmap to Success
Infrastructure As Code: Overcome the Barriers to Effective Network Automation
Leveraging Compliance Automation Tools to Mitigate Risk
Moving Forward with These CI/CD Best Practices
Top 3 Data Compliance Challenges of Tomorrow and the Solutions You Need Today
Top 6 Cloud Security Management Policies and Procedures to Protect Your Business
What are the Benefits of Principle of Least Privilege (POLP) for My Organization?
You Can’t Measure What You Can’t See: Getting to know the 4 Metrics of Software Delivery Performance
How the Public Sector Can Continue to Accelerate Modernization
Building an Automated Test Framework to Streamline Deployments