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How to build a cloud security operations center

To better protect workloads and data in the cloud, security operations centers collaborate with various IT teams. Learn how to cloud-enable your organization's SOC.

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  • cloud access security broker (CASB)

    A cloud access security broker (CASB) is a software tool or service that sits between an organization's on-premises infrastructure and a cloud provider's infrastructure.

  • software-defined perimeter (SDP)

    Software-defined perimeter (SDP) is a security framework developed by the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) that controls access to resources based on identity.

  • hypervisor security

    Hypervisor security is the process of ensuring the hypervisor, the software that enables virtualization, is secure throughout its life cycle, including during development, implementation, provisioning, management and de-provisioning.

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Compliance and Governance

Learn how to maintain cloud computing compliance with government regulations and industry standards when moving IT operations and applications to a cloud environment. Also learn about cloud audit procedures, data governance for the cloud and other cloud computing management topics involving security.

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  • cloud access security broker (CASB)

    A cloud access security broker (CASB) is a software tool or service that sits between an organization's on-premises infrastructure and a cloud provider's infrastructure.

  • cloud computing

    Cloud computing is a general term for anything that involves delivering hosted services over the internet.

  • incident response

    Incident response is an organized approach to addressing and managing the aftermath of a security breach or cyberattack, also known as an IT incident, computer incident or security incident.

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Virtualization

Virtualization is at the core of any cloud computing initiative, regardless of delivery model or deployment method. Service providers, or internal enterprise private cloud managers, use virtualization technology to realize efficiencies and flexibility offered by cloud computing. This section covers the risks and considerations around cloud computing virtualization security, including how to manage and ensure secure multitenancy of virtual machines on a single host, security risks and threats by Web-based hackers to the hypervisor, and how to handle data management and data governance.

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  • hypervisor security

    Hypervisor security is the process of ensuring the hypervisor, the software that enables virtualization, is secure throughout its life cycle, including during development, implementation, provisioning, management and de-provisioning.

  • virtual firewall

    A virtual firewall is a firewall device or service that provides network traffic filtering and monitoring for virtual machines (VMs) in a virtualized environment.

  • Cloudburst VM escape

    Cloudburst VM (virtual machine) escape is an exploit method, credited to research firm Kostya Kortchinsky Immunity Inc., that takes advantage of IBM's Cloudburst cloud service provisioning software for cloud providers and a flaw in VMware Workstation to enable a guest-level virtual machine to attack its host.

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Operations

As your organization moves its infrastructure, applications and data into the cloud, security operations such as network security, vulnerability management, data protection and application security, as well as cloud-based security services, take on new importance. Learn how to handle cloud security management, including how to keep the integrity of your data and applications as they move to the cloud and how outsourced IT operations affect security operations.

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  • What is identity and access management? Guide to IAM

    Identity and access management (IAM) is a framework of business processes, policies and technologies that facilitates the management of electronic or digital identities.

  • Software as a Service (SaaS)

    Software as a service (SaaS) is a software distribution model in which a third-party provider hosts applications and makes them available to customers over the Internet.

  • cryptography

    Cryptography is a method of protecting information and communications through the use of codes so that only those for whom the information is intended can read and process it.

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Architecture

Before purchasing or building cloud systems and services, learn the cloud computing security considerations and challenges involved the various cloud computing architecture models and how to address the "security in the cloud" challenge successfully.

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  • cloud access security broker (CASB)

    A cloud access security broker (CASB) is a software tool or service that sits between an organization's on-premises infrastructure and a cloud provider's infrastructure.

  • cloud computing

    Cloud computing is a general term for anything that involves delivering hosted services over the internet.

  • multi-tenancy

    Multi-tenancy is an architecture in which a single instance of a software application serves multiple customers.

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  • risk assessment

    Risk assessment is the identification of hazards that could negatively impact an organization's ability to conduct business.

  • PCI DSS (Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard)

    The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) is a widely accepted set of policies and procedures intended to ...

  • risk management

    Risk management is the process of identifying, assessing and controlling threats to an organization's capital and earnings.

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  • call tree

    A call tree is a layered hierarchical communication model that is used to notify specific individuals of an event and coordinate ...

  • Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS)

    Disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS) is the replication and hosting of physical or virtual servers by a third party to provide ...

  • cloud disaster recovery (cloud DR)

    Cloud disaster recovery (cloud DR) is a combination of strategies and services intended to back up data, applications and other ...

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