Wrapping Up: Importance of Cloud Security and the 5 Core Security Control Themes

Posted: December 8, 2020
Category: AWS

Cloud security is crucial. As organizations embrace digital transformation and migrate to cloud environments, it is essential that they understand the shared responsibility model and why it’s important to have the right tools and processes to address unique security concerns in the cloud.

Wrapping Things Up

This series has focused on the importance of cloud security in general, and the 5 Core Cloud Security Control Themes more specifically. Previous posts have done a deeper dive into each of themes, but here is a brief recap:

Identity and Access Management (IAM)

The foundation of cloud security is a robust, role-based access control (RBAC) model for identity and access management (IAM). Organizations should understand the five layers of RABC model and how various workflows, such as adding or removing user accounts, affect each of the layers.

Logging and Monitoring

Logging and monitoring give you essential visibility into activity in the cloud. Logging tracks access to and action taken within applications, services, current state data, behavior, errors, warnings, and other relevant data. Monitoring is the task of actually paying attention to what is going on and analyzing log data to identify suspicious or malicious activity.

Infrastructure Security

One of the things the cloud so flexible and scalable is that the underlying infrastructure is defined and implemented by software. The Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) developed the Cloud Controls Matrix (CCM) to map leading cloud security standards, best practices, and applicable regulations to related cloud security controls. The CCM is also useful for identifying ways that infrastructure as code can help to mitigate various security risks.

Data Protection

Data is the life blood of an organization, and protecting it is arguably the primary goal of all cloud security efforts. Having a defined data classification policy allows you to focus only on the data that is confidential or more sensitive, and implement tools and processes to help you ensure it is only accessed and used in approved ways.

Incident Response

No matter how good your cloud security tools and policies are, you will have security incidents. It is important to understand that incident response in the cloud is different than a traditional incident response workflow, and to have people with the right tools, knowledge, and experience to effectively respond to and remediate security incidents in the cloud.

Set Solutions Value

Set Solutions understand the cloud and the importance of cloud security. Our cloud security practice has a cumulative total of more than 50 years of experience in cloud security. We’ve been there, and we’ve seen what can happen, and that has enabled us to learn lessons and get better over time.

We have deep expertise in AWS, and we know what we’re doing. We also have the certifications and awards to back it up. Our team members have CCSP (Certified Cloud Security Professional) certifications. In addition, our team have AWS security specialties, such as AWS Cloud Security Pros, and AWS Solution Architect Pros.

As you move to the cloud and embark on a journey of digital transformation, remember that Set Solutions has the skills and experience to help you stay secure in the cloud. We can help.


This blog was written by Jeanice Russell, Chief Cloud Security Architect at Set Solutions.