Hybrid cloud solutions continue to evolve, helping organizations better leverage cloud services and infrastructure. These have been empowering modern businesses to deliver agility and operational efficiency for on-premises as well as public cloud deployments. Over the past years, the cloud has become an integral part of every business and digital transformation strategy.

Today, in the world of cloud 3.0, business processes are undergoing transformation through the lift and shift of legacy applications, data, and workloads into various cloud environments. Hybrid cloud is the new normal, owing to resource allocation and the willingness to leverage the best-of-breed technologies. Some of these technologies include AI, Blockchain, and self-healing to enhance infrastructure scalability and reliability.

Ensuring Security in Hybrid Cloud

Hybrid cloud enables organizations to leverage the best of both environments, private and public cloud. It empowers them to safeguard their systems from cyberattacks. However, additional measures are essential for security management in hybrid cloud environments, as the overall architecture is a complex blend of private and public cloud deployments.

Risks facing a hybrid cloud network are evolving rapidly, as cybercriminals do so, in parallel, to compromise an organization’s communication channels and vulnerable network endpoints. To understand a hybrid cloud network’s behavior at a given point of time, it is imperative for organizations to maintain a precise risk profile. This is critical for organizations to proactively orchestrate vital risk mitigation measures.

Key Measures to be Taken

Organizations must quantify and evaluate risks facing their migration initiatives associated with the private cloud. It is important that they develop a robust risk profile, identifying resources that help mitigate security challenges within their IT budget. All network end-points and software must be continuously updated with security patches. 

Organizations must constantly monitor the behavior of the network traffic for detecting suspicious activities in real-time. Currently, most businesses are leveraging advanced network monitoring technologies run by artificial intelligence (AI), which correlate potential risk activities with network behavior of their hybrid cloud environment.

Data being the new oil for businesses, they must encrypt their data in transition as well as at rest. It is necessary that organizations use robust IAM capabilities and use cryptographic protocols for secure data transmission throughout the network. Also, most organizations are using SSH network protocols that facilitate communication between network connections that are not secure. It is imperative that organizations communicate inherent data security risks to their end-users and customers.

To Sum Up

The hybrid cloud is already touted by organizations as a viable infrastructure to drive their digital transformation journey. According to Gartner, nearly 75% of organizations worldwide are expected to deploy a hybrid cloud or a multicloud model by 2020-end.

It is evident that security remains a radical impediment for the wide-spread adoption of the hybrid cloud globally. The threat landscape is becoming more and more complex and it is vital that organizations remain in sync with the ever-evolving security technology. This is important for organizations to prepare themselves for or reinforce their cloud migration strategy.

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