Choosing a Hybrid Cloud Security Solution 101

The accelerated shift to the cloud was mostly borne out of necessity due to the influx of remote workers and changing customer demands requiring more business agility. According to Forrester, 94% of US enterprise infrastructure decision makers are using at least one type of cloud deployment.

While there is a push to be cloud-native, the reality is that most companies will keep their “crown jewels” or critical systems on private clouds or on-prem, while leveraging public clouds for business operations and customer services.

This article will review key three components to effectively manage hybrid cloud security challenges and what features to look for in security tools.

What is hybrid cloud?

A hybrid cloud is a mixed cloud computing environment that uses a combination private and public clouds as well as on-premises data centers. This differs from multi-cloud wherein an organization uses multiple public cloud computing and storage services from different vendors.

Although it may seem that managing individual public or private clouds is easier, they still have the same security needs.

To simplify the approach to hybrid cloud management, I’ve outlined three primary security components: administrative, physical and technical, and supply chain security. Let’s take a closer look at how you can effectively manage cyber risk and secure the hybrid cloud across each aspect:

1. Administrative security
This aspect is based around people and processes. It involves risk assessment procedures, data protection policies, disaster recovery plans, and employee training. Two key areas to focus on

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