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Cloud Governance: Your Guide to Secure and Compliant Cloud Adoption

Last updated: 30 Jan 2024
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The business landscape has recently undergone a significant transformation due to the aftermath of COVID-19 and the increasing trend of remote work. As a result, many businesses have decided to use cloud computing as a way to store and manage their data and applications to adapt to these changes.

According to Gartner, 75% of organizations will rely on the cloud for digital transformation by 2026. Simply transitioning to the cloud does not guarantee protection against data breaches or compliance with laws and standards. With many businesses going down this path, robust cloud governance is necessary. Proper cloud governance can protect your data, security, and operational efficiency from risks and uncertainties. Prioritizing cloud governance protects your organization’s assets and enables you to confidently navigate toward a secure and compliant digital future.

What is Cloud Governance?

Cloud governance is a set of policies, procedures, controls, and practices that are put in place to ensure the safe and compliant use of your cloud computing services. It involves a comprehensive plan that outlines how you can manage risks, control access, monitor performance, and meet regulatory requirements while leveraging cloud services while keeping costs within budget.

Key Components of a Cloud Governance Framework

Security Policies and Controls

To minimize the risk of unauthorized access and data breaches, establish robust cloud security strategies to protect data, applications, and infrastructure.

  • Data security: Implement policies for data encryption, access control, and incident response to secure sensitive data from unauthorized access, breaches, and leaks.
  • Application security: Employ penetration testing and vulnerability management to ensure the security of your applications deployed in the cloud.
  • Infrastructure security: Infrastructure security should also be taken into account. Mitigate vulnerabilities and cyberattacks by securing configurations, managing, and updating with the latest security patches, and monitoring suspicious activity.
  • Identity and Access Management: Establishing guidelines for access control and managing user roles can ensure that only authorized personnel can access sensitive data. Policies for user access to cloud resources should be defined and enforced. Manage user identities, roles, and permissions abiding by the principle of least privilege, meaning users are only given the minimum level of access required to perform their job functions to reduce the risk of accidental or intentional data breaches.

Compliance

When managing your cloud environment, you should be compliant with all applicable laws, restrictions, industry standards, and best practices. There are two types of compliance that you need to adhere to:

  • Regulatory compliance: It involves meeting all relevant laws and regulations that apply to your industry and data use, such as GDPR, HIPAA, PCI DSS, or others. These regulations are designed to protect your and your customers’ data privacy and security, with penalties and legal consequences for non-compliant businesses.
  • Internal compliance: It involves adhering to your internal policies and procedures for cloud usage to help ensure responsible use of resources and minimize risks.

Data Governance

Data Governance is vital for ensuring that data is accurate, complete, consistent, and remains confidential, integral, and available. It involves establishing data access, storage, classification, retention, and deletion policies to manage the entire cloud data lifecycle. Data access and usage policies ensure ethical use, while data classification helps protect data from unauthorized access and use. Retention and deletion policies ensure data is not stored longer than necessary and is disposed of securely.

Cost Optimization

To ensure cost optimization when managing your cloud, you must closely monitor and manage cloud expenses by analyzing usage trends, keeping track of service contracts, and implementing cost-saving measures.

To avoid overspending, set clear budgets for cloud usage and track cloud spending. You need to fully understand the various cost components of your cloud usage and identify areas where money can be saved. In addition, resource optimization is also crucial in right-sizing cloud resources to avoid wasting money, which can be achieved by scaling resources up or down based on demand, using reserved instances, and exploring alternative pricing models.

Operational Efficiency

  • Automated governance: Automation tools can streamline governance tasks such as provisioning resources, enforcing compliance policies, and monitoring security for consistent and efficient cloud operations.
  • Resource Provisioning and Management: It involves defining policies for creating, modifying, and decommissioning cloud resources, as well as managing resource configurations to ensure efficiency and alignment with organizational goals.
  • Standardization: Establishing standardized processes for cloud operations to improve efficiency, ensure that they align with organizational goals, and reduce the risk of errors.

Continuously monitoring and assessing your cloud environment to identify opportunities for improvement and optimization.

Audit and Risk Management

Using cloud services has its risks, such as unauthorized access, data breaches, and service disruptions. With that, regular audits can help you determine potential risks and vulnerabilities in the cloud environment, which in turn enables you to develop effective risk mitigation strategies.

Have an incident response plan to respond to security incidents or other disruptions in the cloud environment. It should outline the steps and procedures, such as defining the roles and responsibilities of the incident response team, communication channels, and escalation procedures to be followed in case of a security breach, data loss, or service disruption.

 


BlackPoint IT offers cloud solutions and expert assistance to help you deploy and manage a robust cloud environment. Our cloud consultants can assist you in defining and documenting cloud governance policies and procedures aligned with your business goals and compliance requirements. As we implement security best practices, such as network segmentation, access controls, and data encryption—you can have peace of mind that your cloud environment can withstand threats. Don’t let cloud complexities hinder your business’s growth. Contact us for a free consultation.

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