Executives are already sold on the benefits of moving to the cloud. They know they need cloud computing to be agile, fast, and flexible; they know cloud allows them to successfully compete in this digital era. But what cybersecurity measures are being implemented during the cloud migration process to prevent data breaches, theft, or loss? Sure, migrating to the cloud is cool and all…but is it safe?
While enterprise leaders struggle to advance their cloud strategies, the cloud has become a popular target for cybercriminals due to its large scale and centralized nature. With plenty of companies still working to migrate away from on-premise applications and out of their own data centers, they must also prioritize cybersecurity health to safeguard digital assets and maintain business continuity.
The right cloud environment enables companies to pivot quickly. Companies can rapidly and cost effectively create or adopt new functions or test and tweak proof of concepts because they can spin up and wind down computing resources. All of this enables faster time to market with products and services and an overall more responsive organization.
A cloud migration plan is not just about technology, but also—and, in fact, more so—about what technology can do for the business. The age-old saying goes: “Technology is only as good as its user.” We’d pivot that to say, “Technology is only as good as the safety parameters you set in place.”
We know that cloud migration comes with numerous significant challenges….and research backs that up. Consider the figures from Flexera’s 2022 State of the Cloud Report. It found that understanding application dependencies is the #1 challenge in cloud migrations, with 53% of respondents listing this as a pain point.
Other top challenges include assessing technical feasibility, assessing on-premise vs. cloud costs, right-sizing/selecting best instance, selecting the right cloud provider, and prioritizing the applications to migrate.
With organizations focusing on the challenges that deter and derail many cloud migration plans, cybersecurity health often ends up backburnered, becoming an afterthought that can cost you overall. Failure to implement proper cybersecurity measures during cloud migration can result in various risks such as data loss, unauthorized access, and cyberattacks. These risks can lead to reputational damage, financial losses, regulatory violations, and legal consequences.
There are key measures a company can take when stepping up to the cyber health plate.
A brief numbered list doesn’t outline all actions needed for top quality cyber health, but it’s a good place to start. This is why companies need an experienced hand when they migrate to the cloud and why they need partners who can advise them on the right safeguarding for their own specific environment and their industry’s unique needs.
It’s important to understand the myriad of cloud options, from serverless, containers and virtual machines to infrastructure-as-a-service, platform-as-a-service, and software-as-a-service solutions. Recognize the nuances and requirements associated with each choice, the strategic reasons that would make one better than another, how they work together, and what’s needed to support, optimize, and most importantly, protect key components in performance.
It's also important to mention that, if migration is successful, protected, and utilized correctly, the cloud can actually enhance security. Cloud service providers offer robust security measures that can be more comprehensive than those provided by an individual organization. This includes regular backups, data encryption, and advanced threat detection, which can help to protect sensitive data and reduce the risk of cyberattacks.
Launch’s experienced team knows from experience the importance of building a cloud environment that’s both secure and scalable, with automation in place to build that infrastructure over and over, so organizations can easily build up and tear down as often as needed. Visit our Cloud & Infrastructure expertise page to learn more.
We help clients achieve that kind of transformation by helping them design and implement the right cloud infrastructure to support those bigger objectives. While keeping them safe.