Cloud Security Strategy: Key Components for Effectiveness

Wagner Nascimento

Aug 02, 2022 / 4 min read

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If you are considering cloud computing services, keep in mind that your security methods for data and workloads will differ from those on-premises. In the cloud, you shouldn’t rely on manual processes or view security as an afterthought. You must develop a proactive cloud security strategy to keep your data and IP safe.

To ensure regulatory compliance, secure your customer's privacy, and protect your data, you should implement a robust cloud security strategy. By crafting a comprehensive plan, you can protect your reputation, finances, and legal rights from data breaches and loss. 

Below are some key components to include in your cloud security strategy.

Elements of an Effective Cloud Security Strategy

Shared Responsibility

Partnering with a cloud service provider means sharing security implementation responsibilities. First, find out which tasks remain with you and which the provider will handle. Responsibilities can vary depending on what type of cloud service you are using: software as a service (SaaS), platform as a service (PaaS), infrastructure as a service (IaaS), or an on-premises data center. The Cloud Security Alliance provides an informative discussion of the shared responsibility model



A foundational step in cloud security strategy is maintaining visibility of what runs in the cloud. Cloud computing allows you to generate workloads anytime for a short-term project or a spike in demand. Afterward, though, you might forget these assets and unintentionally expose your organization to potential security vulnerabilities. To avoid such a situation, ensure you maintain visibility of all changes in your environment.

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Cloud-scale defense requires cloud-native detection and automation capabilities, as well as an identity perimeter to monitor and protect mobile and cloud assets. To secure the cloud, you should consider taking an agile approach by rapidly modernizing the most critical aspects and continuously improving in increments. 


Managing Vulnerabilities

To protect your organization, you must limit your exposure and reduce risk. It takes a team effort to prioritize and fix vulnerabilities that can disrupt your business. To manage your exposure effectively, your IT and security groups must align on the top concerns. These concerns include applying security patches for software as soon as they are available. 



What happens if someone breaches your security? How can you detect it? You must ensure your security system alerts you to all breaches to minimize damage. You also must monitor your environment or hire a third party to monitor it for you.


It is essential to craft a response plan within your cloud security strategy. To be safe, you should assume a breach will occur eventually. Therefore, you need a plan with clear roles and responsibilities — including department names and names of specific people — so everyone knows what's expected of them. You should also test, review, and update the plan yearly. 



Increasing resilience requires your security teams to go beyond simply preventing attacks. You must enable rapid attack detection, response, and recovery. You should also assume that your company might eventually face a breach and ensure that you balance resources and technical design between attack prevention and management. Although assuming "failure" can be difficult to accept at first, it is no different from the well-established "fail-safe" engineering principle. Planning for failure can help your teams focus on resilience.


Data Encryption

Encryption hides your data from unauthorized users by converting it into another code or format. Companies must encrypt their data in the public cloud and during transit. Cloud service providers or third-party vendors can help with encryption. 


Endpoint Protection

Cloud services increase the need for endpoint security. Businesses must deploy endpoint security solutions to protect browsers and devices. Embedding effective client-side security within browsers and devices as well as requiring users to update regularly can help protect endpoints. 



DevSecOps enables organizations to introduce security early in the software development cycle (SDLC). Because DevSecOps expands development and operation team collaboration to make security a shared responsibility, implementing this application security practice can necessitate a change in organizational culture, processes, and tools.

Standards-Based Cloud Security Guidance

While cloud security is rapidly evolving, the principles of integrity remain. Synopsys has more than 20 years of security and compliance experience to help you take advantage of all that the cloud offers.

We offer deeply researched, standards-derived cloud security guidance. No matter where you are in your cloud migration or application development, our services help you make effective, meaningful decisions on the cloud.

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About The Author

Wagner Nascimento is vice president and chief information security officer at Synopsys. As the CISO, Wagner is responsible for developing and implementing the Information Security Program for the enterprise . Wagner has over 20 years of experience in the cybersecurity space, leading security efforts in other larger organizations such as VISA, Cisco, and Albertsons. A Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Wagner is adept in security architecture/analysis, cyber threat detection, risk management, incident response, and contingency planning. He has a B.S. in Information Technology from American Intercontinental University and an MBA (Finance, Strategic Management) from California State University, East Bay.

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