Protecting servers, data and web applications isn’t easy. There is no silver bullet solution that can magically protect you from all cyber attacks. That said, effective security—whether you’re protecting local assets in a data center, assets in the cloud, or a combination of the two—essentially comes down to executing simple best practices consistently. Security isn’t easy, but it’s also not complicated.

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Cloud Shared Responsibility Model

The first thing you need to do is understand what you’re responsible for protecting. When it comes to assets and resources in the cloud, the responsibility is split between you and your cloud service provider.

Whether it is Google Cloud Security, AWS Security, or Azure Security (or some combination of them), it is still a shared responsibility. Google, Amazon or Microsoft—as the case may be—are responsible for the security of the cloud, meaning they provide the physical security, instance isolation, and other foundational security capabilities. Meanwhile, you are responsible for what you put into your cloud environment, meaning you must secure your applications and data.

Effective Cloud Security

Most of security can be distilled to doing a handful of things, doing them well, and doing them consistently. You have an important decision to make when it comes to determining the best way to provide the necessary security for the workloads you are running on Google Cloud, AWS, or Azure—the safety of your data depends on it. Will you build your own team, buy your own tools, and monitor and manage your own security, or will you partner with a third-party to provide those services?

There are lots of things you can technically do yourself, yet you choose to hire experts to do it instead—changing the oil in your car, putting shingles on a roof, or cutting your hair. Maybe you don’t want to invest in the tools and equipment necessary to do the job. Maybe you don’t want to spend the time it would take to learn to do the job reasonably well. Maybe you simply feel your time can be put to more valuable use focusing elsewhere.

It makes sense that you would apply the same logic to something as important as protecting your servers, applications, and data on Google Cloud Platform, AWS, and Azure.

Cloud Security. Experts Included

The Alert Logic Security-as-a-Service solution is built specifically for cloud environments like yours. Whether you are just getting started in the cloud, or you already have multiple workloads deployed across Google Cloud Platform, AWS, or Azure that require advanced protection, Alert Logic experts can help you secure your data and proactively manage threats as you expand your cloud presence. Our security experts will help you get your data secure, and keep it secure.

Alert Logic combines managed intrusion detection systems (IDS), log management and web application firewall services with a team of security analysts, threat researchers and other experts located in our global Security Operations Centers (SOC) to provide you with the protection you need for your cloud-based applications and data.

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Tony Bradley
About the Author
Tony Bradley
Tony Bradley worked in the trenches as a network administrator and security consultant before shifting to the marketing and writing side of things. He is an 11-time Microsoft MVP in security and cloud and has been a CISSP-ISSAP since 2002. Tony has authored or co-authored a dozen books on IT and IT security topics, and is a prolific contributor to online media sites such as Forbes and He has established a reputation for effective content marketing, and building and engaging a community and social media audience.

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