Cloudy With a Priority on Security: Best Practices for Cloud Security

Janice Sanders
2 min readNov 30, 2023

The phrase “Cloudy with a Priority on Security” isn’t just a cheesy twist on a popular movie title; it’s a priority and focus for organizations navigating the cloud.

As we increasingly put more and more of our data into the cloud, the stakes for security also increase. To truly understand security, we must understand risks.

The consequences of compromised credentials, unauthorized access, and data breaches can range from minor inconveniences to catastrophic failures.

From network security, application security, data encryption, and such, security in the cloud is not a single product or feature but a layered approach; and each layer plays a crucial role in creating a comprehensive security strategy.

A Few Best Practices for Cloud Security include:

Know Your Cloud Service Provider: Understand the CSP’s best practices, security protocols, and how they align with your needs.
Implement Identity and Access Controls: Strong access controls, such as implementing least-privileges based on user roles and the use of multi-factor authentication, heighten security.
Update and Patch Regularly: Ensure that all systems are up to date with the latest security patches. Know your part in the shared model.



Janice Sanders

Cloud Engineer | Cloud Security Engineer | DevOps | Multi-Cloud | Coursera Course Developer | Former Writing Teacher