When it comes to protecting cloud data, the choice is the Zscaler Zero Trust Exchange.
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Cloud data protection is a set of data storage and security measures designed to protect data residing in, and moving in and out of, a cloud environment. Stored data is known as “data at rest,” and moving data as “data in motion.” Data protection refers to data being copied, rather than straightforwardly “secured”—it’s meant to ensure sensitive data is still intact after a loss or corruption event, whereas data security keeps it safe from unauthorized access or distribution in the first place.See our data protection demos
The shift from on-premises applications and infrastructure to the cloud has completely changed the role of IT from a local cybersecurity enforcer to a global business enabler. Strong IT now allows for safe hybrid cloud and multicloud adoption, as well as data distribution, while preventing data exposure and maintaining increasingly rigid industry and government regulatory requirements.
To achieve this, IT leaders are looking to cloud data protection platforms that provide unified capabilities for internet, data center, and software as a service (SaaS) applications. Doing so ensures public cloud application configurations match best practice standards to prevent data exposure and maintain compliance.
Plus, the shared responsibility model dictates that both enterprises and the cloud providers are incentivized to keep data protected at all costs, so there is a shared initiative on both sides of the cloud “coin,” so to speak.
Cloud data is typically protected through methods such as backups, cloud storage, and disaster recovery—all of which are meant to ensure that data remains within an organization’s possession in the event of a malware breach, data loss, or another event that would exploit the vulnerability of cloud data.
Authentication, access control, and secure deletion are also common methods of keeping data protected, but they pertain more to data security than protection. Organizations use these methods either to keep malicious or negligent users and employees away from data or to protect the data from them altogether.
When it comes to preventing data breaches, standard security policies play a role as well. As cloud workloads are particularly vulnerable, it’s important that organizations and their cloud service providers understand the implications of a partnership to minimize overall data risk.
Brad Moldenhauer, Director of Information Security, Steptoe & Johnson LLP
Using the cloud brings a number of business benefits, but keeping cloud data safe is easier said than done. On the face of it, cloud data protection comes with many challenges, such as:
The ideal cloud data protection solution should be built from the ground up for performance and scalability. It must be a globally distributed platform that ensures your users are always a short hop to their applications, that leans on a strong partner network to ensure optimal performance and reliability for your users.
To establish comprehensive, all-encompassing cloud data protection, you should look for offerings that help you establish a zero trust framework. Zero trust helps you address specific cloud security challenges your organization is facing by using context—including user, device, application, and content—to establish trust before a connection is made.
As your organization leverages cloud services to increase flexibility, zero trust allows you to proactively protect access to your resources, giving you the upper hand against data-hungry cyberthreats..
A solid data protection program:
Many organizations forget to do their homework when building a protection program, which adds complications once the preliminary stages of building such a program are complete. Avoid becoming one of these businesses by following these best practices.
You want to know how much money you plan to keep in a safe (or transport in an armored truck) beforehand, right? The same principle applies to protecting the amount of sensitive data your organization has created. Knowing which data you want to protect, where it is, and how best to do so gives you an advantage when putting together a program.
Authentication alone is a great way to keep cloud resources and data protected, but hackers can easily go in and impersonate users to gain access to your data. Encryption scrambles data with randomly generated passcodes—called encryption keys—to give you an extra layer of security.
Data protection vendors abound, and many of them promise to keep your cloud data secure in a way that no other vendor can. But as it happens, only one vendor builds data protection in the cloud, for the cloud, leverages a zero trust framework to secure data between cloud transactions, and works with cloud compliance organizations to ensure you fall well within regulatory guidelines. That vendor is Zscaler.
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