Strengthening Cloud Security: Security Controls

Navigating the Cloud — Essential Security Controls You Need to Know

Hafiq Iqmal
5 min readJun 8, 2024

Cloud computing has revolutionized the way organizations manage and store data, offering unmatched flexibility and scalability. However, this shift to the cloud brings a new set of security challenges. Ensuring the safety of your data and systems in the cloud is paramount and that’s where security controls come into play.

Security controls are like the defense mechanisms you install to protect your home — locks, alarms and surveillance cameras. For organizations, these controls are defined by frameworks like the NIST Cybersecurity Framework (CSF) which provides a structured approach to enhance security in a cloud environment.

Let’s dive into the key categories of security controls recommended by the NIST CSF and explore how they help safeguard your cloud infrastructure. Whether you’re an IT professional, a business leader or just curious about cybersecurity, this guide will help you understand and apply these crucial controls.

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Hafiq Iqmal

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