One of the criticisms against cloud hosting is that it isn’t as secure as shared hosting. That’s debatable, but let’s assume that it’s true. It doesn’t have to be that way.
First, cloud security should be a separate application from the server. You have to be able to work with your settings and personalize them. I offer the following 4 principles in order to achieve a higher level of security on your cloud-hosted servers.
- It needs to be elastic – If you have elasticity in your server configuration then it follows to reason that need eleasticity in your security as well. Your server needs to be just as secure at maximum capacity as at minimum capacity, and vice-versa. You need the ability to program your security elasticity as you scale up or down.
- It must be programmable – And that brings me to my next point. You should be able to program your cloud infrastructure as you go. Programmable and elastic go hand in hand.
- Adaptive – In addition to being elastic, cloud security needs to be adaptive. You should be able to establish zones for your workforce that allow levels of security based on user need and management resources.
- Configurable – As you move from a private cloud environment to a virtualized environment, or vice-versa, your security setting must be able to meet configuration standards for each server, whether dedicated, virtualized, or somewhere in between.
Cloud security is only difficult if you make it difficult.