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Blog · 08 Nov 2023

Three priorities for robust security in a cloud-based environment

Our experts share highlights on how to boost operational resilience, manage multi-cloud risk and introduce security automation, to build defences fit for a cloud-based world.

The last few years have brought tremendous technological advances that have reshaped entire organisations and how they operate. 

But transforming many of these working practices has introduced new security challenges and complexities that require fresh defensive strategies to keep organisations secure. And the scale of the task is magnified because many cyber security teams are already stretched by cyber skills shortages and limited resources.

To help organisations navigate through these pressures, our experts have shared their advice and experiences in our recent security-focused whitepapers. Here, we pull together their thoughts on the strategies, technologies and skills that are strong options for securing organisations today, as well as for protecting them as they continue to innovate and evolve in the future.

Three core themes emerge that are underpinning robust security initiatives in this complex environment: 

  1. Embarking on a security automation journey
    With cyber security personnel at breaking point, solutions to reduce the strain and alleviate mundane, repetitive and quantity-based tasks are vital. Many teams today are dealing with high numbers of sophisticated threats and enormous volumes of incoming threat intelligence from multiple sources, often while running on a skeleton staff.
    Snowed under, it’s now critical that they adopt security automation to sift through this avalanche of information and identify the relevant intel to act upon in order to level the playing field against increasingly advanced and accelerated attacks.
    But successfully implementing automation into a security strategy is rarely straightforward and there’s a lot to take into account. Our whitepaper outlines the five key considerations for any organisation looking to embark on their own security automation journey
  2. Building greater operational resilience
    Rapid expansion into cloud networking delivers so much – but it also increases the organisation’s attack surfaces beyond the more understood legacy environment. The speed of this evolution makes in likely to lead to security blind spots, so it makes sense for security teams to refocus on doing the network security basics well, ensuring they actively monitor assets and reinforce defences to protect business-critical systems.
    Faced by an evolving infrastructure mix of new and legacy systems and a range of different suppliers and partner networks, the most robust security comes from assuming that a breach has already happened, and that the attacker may be biding their time before they strike. 
    In our whitepaper, our experts take you through what this shift in mindset means in practical terms, and how adopting their six key recommendations will boost your operational resilience.
  3. Managing multi-cloud security risk
    The gradual and fragmented adoption of public and private clouds often creates new security challenges within an organisation’s overall infrastructure. As organisations realise this can be the price to pay for advances in agility, innovation and cost-management, they’re looking to adjust how they assess and address cloud security.
    Building an appropriate, robust multi-cloud security stance is a stepped process that begins with a deepened understanding of the environment together with a shift in mindset, and then layers in standardisation, and enhanced visibility, monitoring and automation capabilities. In our whitepaper, our cyber security experts unpack in detail how to carry out this process, and how to go about constructing security defences tailored to your organisation’s current multi-cloud position.

    Creating your strategy to navigate today’s cyber security challenges
    We hope these whitepapers help spark ideas about how you can achieve a more secure and innovative future. For a continuous source of expert-driven insights and forward-thinking ideas, take a look through our business insights page.