The cloud has made it dead simple to quickly spin up a new server without waiting for IT. But the ease of deploying new servers — and the democratic nature of cloud management — can be a security nightmare, as a simple configuration error or administrative mistake can compromise the security of your organization’s entire cloud environment.
With sensitive data increasingly heading to the cloud, how your organization secures its instances and overall cloud infrastructure is of paramount importance. Cloud providers, like Amazon, secure the server hardware your instances run on, but the security of the cloud infrastructure your organization sets up on that infrastructure is all on you. A broad array of built-in security services and third-party tools are available to secure practically any workload, but you have to know how to use them. And it all starts with proper configuration.