Increased complexity with multiple services
With increasing data migrating to the cloud, the need to protect data regardless of the platform or cloud service used is increasing. Companies face the challenge of finding secure solutions that enable continued digitalization of their business and consumption of cloud and SaaS services.
The more data that is moved to the cloud, the more complex the security work becomes. This complexity is largely self-caused as companies use multiple IaaS and PaaS environments. Multi-cloud environments have become increasingly common, meaning that data flows across multiple platforms and technologies, further increasing the complexity of controlling and protecting sensitive data.
But with this opportunity to store and manage data in the cloud also comes great demands for knowledge and competence from companies that want to take advantage of these services in a secure way.
To protect sensitive data on cloud platforms and in SaaS services, vendors offer various security measures. But it is almost always up to the customer to configure and protect these services properly, which is a major challenge for many companies. The risk of handling errors and data leakage is always present and can cause significant problems for both the company and its customers.
Key Management Services (KMS)
The continued digitization and use of cloud platforms bring challenges regarding the protection of sensitive data. However, centralizing the keys to your data from different platforms can enable a cohesive overview and increased control over access, all from one place.
A KMS (Key Management Service) is a solution that allows for the centralized management and protection of encryption keys for various types of applications and devices in the cloud or locally in your data center.
This service delivers high security to sensitive environments and simplifies security management for both in-house and third-party applications. A KMS service connects to applications through standardized interfaces and provides access to robust features to protect data with keys.
The major advantages of using a centralized solution to protect your data in cloud and SaaS platforms are:
– Separation of responsibilities: By storing encryption keys outside of the corresponding cloud, one can create a separation of responsibilities between data and the cloud provider.
– Reduced risk: One can apply risk-adaptive controls and protection for workloads based on data sensitivity and compliance requirements.
– One place, multiple cloud services: One can use any combination of public clouds, private or on-premises data infrastructures. One can also choose from different ways to manage keys to their data, such as BYOK (Bring Your Own Key), HYOK (Hold Your Own Key), or Native (the cloud's own keys).
– Increased efficiency and operational resilience: One can automate key management across cloud and hybrid environments with processes and tools that have a unified user interface, a common API set, and an overview of where the keys are stored.
A KMS service has standardized connections to multiple cloud providers and SaaS services, such as:
- Amazon Web Service (AWS)
- Google Workspace
- IBM Cloud
- Google Cloud Platform
- Microsoft Azure
- Oracle Cloud infrastructure
Pre-built integrations with SaaS services such as:
- Microsoft 365
- Google Workspace CSE
If you want to learn more about KMS as a service, you can visit Complior's website or contact us for a personal demonstration.
- Exploding topics: 80+ SaaS Statistics and Trends (2023) (explodingtopics.com)