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Cloud Computing Security: Multi-Cloud Infrastructure Provides Diversification but with Added Security Complexity

By Dick Weisinger

While currently 60 percent of businesses are using a single cloud provider, others see advantages to using more than a single provider to avoid having a single point of possible disruption. While diversification has advantages on paper, a multi-cloud infrastructure can complicate getting security right. ThreatStack and the Enterprise Strategy Group recently did a study of cloud computing security.

40 percent of businesses say that by the end of next year their environment will use more than one cloud provider.

While multi-cloud configurations have some advantages, one disadvantage is that hybrid systems can introduce increased complexity, particularly from misconfigured security.  A quarter of businesses with hybrid cloud solutions said that they find it extremely challenging to maintain strong and consistent security with multiple cloud environments.

Part of the complexity with a multi-cloud infrastructure comes from the fact that each cloud provider implements security slightly differently and each provider has different sets of best practices. If you aren’t careful, the differences between the systems can be a reason for a trip up, especially in the area of security.

 

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