Blogs | Secure Cloud
While it’s no secret that cloud computing has positively transformed the way government agencies work, it’s become apparent that different types of risks can emerge if infrastructure is not implemented and safeguarded properly. With the increased frequency of data breaches being reported year after year, the security of government agencies is more important than ever. To ensure that compliance activities are thorough and efficient, NS2 is working with our government and regulated customers to find ways to better automate their compliance processes and provide the best possible foundation for security.
To better protect your agency data, it’s important to understand the difference between security and compliance. While compliance is a snapshot of how a security program meets a specific standard at a certain time, security is an ongoing effort to protect your information systems. Your agency may find that the adoption of strong compliance standards takes time and resources, but once gained, it will establish an excellent baseline security posture. To truly protect sensitive data, it’s critical to have the proper security program in place and be compliant.
Security and compliance are different components of a necessary and crucial system. And it’s only when the two are combined that agencies can truly safeguard their data. However, a lot of this is easier said than done. The following are a few reasons why government agencies run into compliance and security issues:
Your agency may find compliance takes a bit of time and resources to achieve, but once established, a good baseline security posture will ensure your data is protected. Common best practices for continuous cloud compliance include:
Many federal agencies support their mission-critical operations with agile and innovative cloud deployments that incorporate a range of technologies. By implementing best practices and automating your compliance processes, your agency will be better positioned to mediate configuration drifts, detect anomalies, and decrease cloud spend.