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Cloud Security

Cloud security is the whole bundle of technology, protocols, and best practices that protect cloud computing environments, applications running in the cloud, and data held in the cloud. Securing cloud services begins with understanding what exactly is being secured, as well as, the system aspects that must be managed.

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As an overview, backend development against security vulnerabilities is largely within the hands of cloud service providers. Aside from choosing a security-conscious provider, clients must focus mostly on proper service configuration and safe use habits. Additionally, clients should be sure that any end-user hardware and networks are properly secured.

The full scope of cloud security is designed to protect the following, regardless of your responsibilities:

Physical Networks

Routers, Electrical Power, Cabling, Climate Controls, etc.

Data Storage

Hard Drives, etc.

Data Servers

Core network computing hardware and software

Computer Virtualization Frameworks

Virtual machine software, Host machines, and guest machines

Operating Systems (Os)

Software that Houses


Application programming interface (API) management,

Runtime Environments

Execution and upkeep of a running program


All the information stored, modified, and accessed


Traditional software services (email, tax software, productivity suites, etc.)

End-User Hardware

Computers, mobile devices, Internet of Things (IoT) devices, etc.

With cloud computing, ownership over these components can vary widely. This can make the scope of client security responsibilities unclear. Since securing the cloud can look different based on who has authority over each component, it’s important to understand how these are commonly grouped.