How Securing Public Clouds and Private Data Centers Differ

This post was originally published on Data Center Knowledge

Cybersecurity threats abound whether you deploy workloads inside your own data center or use a public cloud. But the nature of the threats, and the main risks you’ll want to focus on, vary widely between data centers and the cloud.

Top cloud security risks

In the cloud, major security risks that users have to manage include:

Insecure access controls for cloud services: Attackers could abuse insecure permissions settings to exfiltrate sensitive data or disrupt operations. API attacks: Because cloud workloads depend heavily on APIs to integrate cloud services and applications, API vulnerabilities are a particularly prevalent risk in the cloud. Network-based attacks: Cloud workloads are almost always connected to the Internet, at least indirectly, which makes network security especially challenging in the context of the cloud. Unmanaged sprawl: The ease with which infrastructure and workloads can be spun up in the cloud increases the risk that users inside an organization might deploy cloud resources that are not properly managed or monitored, leading to heightened security risks.

These threats can exist inside private data centers as well, but they’re more likely to pose special challenges in the public cloud

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