Businesses, small and large, are switching their workloads to cloud due to its flexibility and agility. Cloud lets businesses streamline their business process, improves collaboration, lowers operational costs, secures data backup and helps in managing the business.
When you plan to move your business to Cloud and leverage shared cloud offerings from Microsoft Azure, it is imperative to understand how shared security responsibility model works. You as a user of cloud service have a responsibility of securing everything in cloud, such as, data, applications, operation platform, etc, while Microsoft Azure is responsible for providing the hypervisor security layer to your cloud infrastructure, which includes; network infrastructure, physical infrastructure and virtualisation layer.
Microsoft released it’s latest paper on Shared Responsibilities for Cloud Computing. It is an an excellent resource for users of Azure who have either moved or planning to move their business to the cloud. Microsoft has clearly defined the role and responsibilities of the user as well as the cloud service provider in great detail, and for different scenarios as well. It clearly outlines the responsibilities of both parties in SaaS, IaaS and PaaS environments.
Cloud offers flexibility, scalability, on-demand availability and cost effectiveness to businesses. When you are considering to switch to cloud security strategy, you must ensure that these features are functioning effectively. Shared responsibility is between Cloud Service Providers and their clients. When using cloud, the user must use tools that secure his data centre with virtual network gateway configuration, virtual private networks and guest operating system firewalls. Shared responsibility is two thronged, and it works best when the user works together with the cloud service provider. This is the only way to ensure that your data and applications are fully protected and business security is at its optimal level.
It is extremely important to choose a service provider that is reliable with Cloud infrastructure as well as dynamic security strategy. The user should be able to create, design and manage their own applications and additional data infrastructure in Cloud safely, knowing that it is well protected from malware attacks, data breaches and vulnerabilities. Users are strongly recommended to choose only those service providers that undergo third party audits on a regular basis, such as Microsoft Azure.
Microsoft Azure uses a unique and effectively distributed virtual firewall for proper security and logical isolation of customer infrastructure on public cloud.The security of Azure’s internet communication security is pretty high, which disallows inbound traffic, but allows communication for client administrators in three different techniques.
Microsoft Azure is considered by many businesses as the best cloud service provider for it’s integrated tools, proven solutions and unified services that help users build web, mobile, enterprise apps faster than ever. The best thing about Microsoft Azure is that it supports a variety of devices, databases, operating systems, frameworks, languages and tools.