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How to Make Cloud IaaS Workloads More Secure Than Your Own Data Center

Published: 24 June 2016

ID: G00300337

Analyst(s): Lydia Leong , Terrence Cosgrove , Neil MacDonald


The automation and programmatic infrastructure of leading IaaS providers enables enterprises to significantly improve the security protection of public cloud workloads to the extent that, if best practices are followed, they can be more secure than those in traditional data centers.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Prioritize Automation Efforts to Reduce Misconfiguration and Mismanagement
  • Restrict Access Using Identity as a Logical Perimeter
  • Control and Monitor Administrative Access Tightly
  • Restrict Access Using Default Deny on All Network Connectivity
  • Microsegment by Default
  • Use Only Predefined, Hardened and Tagged Images
  • Improve Patching Processes; Redesign Where Practical
  • Log Everything, and Monitor Logs for Indications of Malicious Intent
  • Scan Workloads for Vulnerabilities Before Release Into Production and While in Production
  • Implement Default Deny on All Server Process Execution
  • Encrypt All Data at Rest in IaaS
  • Adopt an Immutable Infrastructure Mindset
  • Employ Systematic Workload Reprovisioning
  • Change Your Mindset About Security
  • Require Security Vendors to Fully API Enable Their Platforms With Explicit Integration With IaaS Providers

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