The cloud is an excellent place to host your digital services, but it still has the same vulnerabilities as on-premises IT infrastructure. Respecting cybersecurity is vital for enterprises of all sizes, even if it is the larger firms making headlines. One of the biggest recent breaches came from First American Financial Corp, where 900 million records were exposed. This kind of data breach is guaranteed to be a heavy dissuasion for both new and existing customers and can take years to recover from, both financially and in terms of reputation.

The experts at Trianz have been hard at work for decades, helping our SME and Fortune 500 clients upgrade their cybersecurity measures. Now in the cloud era, our experts are helping our clients to secure their Azure infrastructure. We use a range of tools, including RBAC, E2E encryption for web traffic and files, and cloud firewalls to protect your infrastructure on Azure.

Cloud Security and Strategy Benefits on Azure

A proper cybersecurity plan is your weapon of choice in the fight against malicious attackers. This plan helps to make your Azure infrastructure watertight, preventing attackers from entering, or sensitive data from leaving without your authorization.

There are many benefits to a cloud security strategy on the Azure platform, including:

  • Minimize Overprovisioning – Overprovisioning is where you provide more access than is needed for an employee or customer to use your services. As an example, your customer service staff are not authorized to view payment information on customers, meaning you should restrict access to this data.

    As a rule of thumb, you should always underprovision access to data on Azure. You can always grant more access after the fact, when requested by a customer or employee, but you cannot remove access once data is in the hands of a malicious attacker.

  • Automate GRC Management – Governance, Risk, and Compliance (GRC) management is the backbone of every good cybersecurity strategy in the cloud. By governing data access, understanding risks, and enforcing compliance, you can virtually eliminate the chance of a data breach occurring.

    With the advent of the cloud, it is entirely possible to implement Security-as-Code to automate GRC management. This uses continuous delivery in a DevOps CI/CD pipeline to facilitate runtime application self-protection (RASP). RASP acts as a proxy for client inputs and prevents any outputs that result in miscompliance from ever reaching the client device, protecting your live applications and services from GRC breaches.

  • End-to-End Data Encryption In-Transit – Assuming that both client and server security is up to snuff, the biggest threat to your data is interception by attackers over the internet. This is common with HTTP non-secure web traffic, which lacks the encryption and client/server security validation found with HTTPS.

    While you cannot guarantee all data packets will be HTTPS, you can prevent non-HTTPS data packets from reaching your infrastructure. This is accomplished through a REST API call to the Azure Storage platform, which enforces that all transfers must be made over HTTPS.

Cloud Security and Strategy Services on Azure with Trianz

Trianz is an industry-leading cloud security assessment and strategy implementation provider. Our experts have helped hundreds of our SME and Fortune 500 clients to reinforce their cybersecurity on the Microsoft Azure cloud. We currently hold a Managed Service Provider (MSP) status on Azure, and hold a Gold Partnership status in Microsoft’s Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) program.

We offer a range of cloud security and strategy services, including planning, frameworks, and implementation:

  • Cloud Security Framework – When moving to the cloud, you will be dealing with a completely different architecture and management toolset compared to on-premises. For that reason, it is in your best interest to create a dedicated cloud security framework. This framework will dictate the cloud security rules on Azure, making it a valuable ally in your fight against attackers.

    Trianz experts have already helped hundreds of our SME and Fortune 500 clients to establish a watertight cloud security framework. We leverage platform-native security tools like Azure Monitor for a high-level overview of your infrastructure security status. For enterprises that want segregated private resources, we can build a Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) through the Azure Virtual Network service. Finally, the Azure Security Center offers support across the entire Azure cloud platform, including virtual machines and PaaS. Our experts will work closely with you to identify the relevant services to meet your needs, so you can focus on continuing to satisfy your loyal customers.

  • Data Governance – Data governance is incredibly important, as it dictates who can and cannot access data on your systems. As mentioned earlier, you can always grant more access when requested by a customer or employee, but you cannot remove access once data is in the hands of a malicious attacker.

    Our experts leverage the platform-native Azure Governance service to manage data governance in the Azure cloud. This service uses something called role-based access control (RBAC) groups, which dictate who can access data stored on your network. This service allows our experts to create organizational hierarchies using Azure Management Groups and define and set data policies through Azure Policy. If you need a secure environment set up quickly, the Azure Blueprints service can generate a fully-governed IT environment in seconds aligned with your existing policies.

  • Risk Assessments and Risk Management - Risk assessments and exploratory testing help you understand any risks present in your cloud deployment and provide the necessary insight to combat this risk. With risk management, Azure offers numerous solutions.

    Firstly, our experts use the Service Trust Portal, which helps you remain organized with self-service auditing for SOC reports. The Azure Compliance Manager helps you store and categorize any past, present, and future risk management tasks, measuring your performance against common regulatory frameworks. Azure also automatically makes contextualized suggestions to reduce risk and improve cybersecurity, acting as a third pair of eyes alongside your own and our experts.

  • Compliance Management – Data protection regulations have never been stricter or more heavily enforced. Personally identifiable information (PII) is incredibly sensitive, and you have a duty to protect any stored PII for your customers and staff. Standard regulations of which you must comply are the GDPR, CCPA, PCI-DSS, HIPPA, and SOC 1/2/3.

    Our experts have experience with all of the above regulations and many more. We can provide support for any of the regulations listed by Microsoft, by leveraging Azure Security and Compliance Blueprints, the Azure Security Center, and Azure Policies.

Secure Computing on Azure with Trianz

Cybersecurity is the top priority for all enterprises. Without enough attention, data protection regulations are in place to protect customers and will be enforced in the event of a breach. For that reason, a proper cloud security framework designed by our experts is the perfect solution for bolstering your cybersecurity on the Azure cloud.

Don’t risk miscompliance. Get in contact with our experts and start properly governing your security on Azure today!

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