Cloud computing refers to the hosted services provision, via the internet. It is often referred to as an alternative to hosting the computing infrastructure within an on-premise data center or server environment. It encompasses not only the offsite hardware that hosts the services but even software and storage as well. The emergence of cloud computing as a mainstream technology has rightfully led to an increased focus on cloud security.

It helps combat the unique privacy and cybersecurity risks present in the cloud environment. And, it refers to the techniques, methods, controls, and procedures that help safeguard sensitive data within the cloud. They further protect cloud applications and infrastructure from unauthorized access or potential abuse.

Of course, businesses must get this right, and to do that, companies must understand that they too are responsible for ensuring cloud security as much as the cloud service provider. The next step is to understand the many, many issues that pose grave challenges to the endeavors of establishing tight-knit cloud security. Some of these challenges have been listed below to help you get a better perspective.
1. Sub-standard visibility and tracking: Several cloud computing models, such as with Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), involve the service providers being endowed with complete control. This translates into poor visibility and control for the customers of such services and eventually the possibility of lax security over their assets, and data.
2. DevSecOps and automation: While DevOps, DevSecOps, and automation have their benefits, it is the company’s responsibility to ensure that it also integrates relevant security measures in the code right from the beginning of the development cycle.
3. Expanded attack surface: The growing expanse of public cloud services has been rendered a tempting attack surface for hackers and other malicious actors. This is because such environments often make it easy for such elements to gain access to the service owing to the implementation of sub-standard security measures for entryways.

Before we wrap this up, let us also take a look at some of the key factors that constitute strong cloud security strategies.

1. Authentication: The company must ensure that it does not focus solely on independent levels of Identity and access management (IAM). A better strategy would be to collaborate with various teams tasked with the responsibility. Furthermore, provide only basic access to APIs, assets, etc. that are vital for a role or team to execute their responsibilities. This is because the wider the scope of access privileges provided, the higher will be their levels of authentication.
2. Enforcement of virtual server protection policies: The key to successful measures for cloud security includes choosing vendors whose offerings encompass rock-solid cloud security posture management and who continually enforce governance and compliance rules, etc. when setting up virtual servers and conduct regular audits for configuration variations and automatically address issues if the need arises.
3. Data protection: It is imperative to establish fortified data protection measures. To do that, it would be a good idea to safeguard communication and file sharing and to implement ongoing compliance risk management, encryption at every single transport layer, and robust data storage resource sanitation practices.

The global community agrees that the advent of cloud computing is and will continue to be accompanied by security challenges. The key to dealing with these issues, then, is to ensure that you are aware of the cloud security concerns as well as the various means to safeguard against said challenges. A good way to go about that is to ensure that security is integrated into the strategy right from the beginning. Now all you have to do is to find a trusted vendor for custom cloud application development and keep these security factors in mind during the process.

Author's Bio: 

Kaushal Shah manages digital marketing communications for the enterprise technology services provided by Rishabh Software.