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Three challenges cloud architects face and how to solve them

As enterprises adopt and migrate applications to the cloud, new challenges arise. Here is how policy-driven authorization addresses these challenges.

As enterprises continue to adopt and migrate data, applications, and assets to the cloud, new challenges and opportunities arise. It is a part of the cloud architect’s role to address these challenges and ensure the enterprise’s cloud system is optimized, monitored, and maintained to protect the data within the system.

Some common challenges cloud architects face include:

  • Taking legacy, on-premises applications and shifting them to run better as cloud applications. Some of the applications in question are likely to be homegrown, and all will have been deployed in a manner that did not account for cloud use, making this a not-insignificant effort.
  • Mitigating risk or lessening the attack surface. The shift to the cloud and remote work growing in popularity has fragmented attack surfaces, making it easier for attackers to find unmanaged assets with critical exposures.
  • Controlling cloud and platform-as-a-service (PaaS). There has to be enforcement for both humans and machines as cloud architects navigate the complexities of PaaS environments and ensure a delicate balance leveraging the advantages of abstraction.

These challenges present an opportunity to rethink how your organization manages identity and access management (IAM) and addresses access control challenges.

How policy-driven authorization solves these challenges

Though policy-driven authorization is familiar to identity and development teams, cloud architects can leverage this to better manage access to applications and data in the cloud. Moreover, policy-driven authorization can ensure access policies are consistent across your enterprise, addressing both cloud and on-premises environments. 

Policy-driven authorization ensures that all applications (and identities) adhere to the principle of least privilege  (PoLP). With PoLP, a user is given the minimum levels of access – or permissions – needed to perform his/her job functions. This helps eliminate standing access privileges which lends itself to a Zero Trust framework.

With consistent authorization policies and enforcement, enterprises can continue to harness the power of new capabilities within cloud environments. This allows them to apply the same benefits to their access control as their authorization strategies.

The Axiomatics difference

For over a decade, the world’s most well-known brands and enterprises in some of the most highly-regulated markets continue to choose Axiomatics.. Our deep experience with these complex organizations means we’ve seen it all and have solutions for those dealing with legacy applications, on-premises environments, and hybrid environments, in addition to the cloud.

Here are some ways Axiomatics policy-driven authorization solution leverages itself to help cloud architects face the challenges they are seeing in the cyber landscape.

Start your journey to policy-driven authorization today

Check out our white paper on authorization in a cloud-native environment and our blog on hierarchical policy structure to gain more of an understanding of the cloud and policy-driven authorization.

Reach out to our solution experts where in 30 minutes our team can discuss:

  • Scaling policies to all applications regardless of their physical location.
  • Meeting the needs of your specific application mix through being flexible for seamless integration.
  • Securing information that is stored in the cloud or within cloud-based software.

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About the author

As the chief product officer for Axiomatics, Mark is responsible for shaping the company’s innovation and product strategies. Mark has more than ten years of experience across product management, product marketing and business development, with companies including e-Share, Titus and Accenture.