Tenant-based Cloud Security

Posted on: November 11, 2011

  • Tenant-based cloud security is critical to solving the issue of protecting your individual cloud infrastructure. An infrastructure provider’s goal is to secure the platform and provide security options to the tenant (or customer). Tenant-based security is that answer and is an attractive model for obvious reasons – it allows each organization to customize the security to the company’s needs, not to mention it is cost effective, much more efficient and easily scalable for organizations looking to expand.


  • For most organizations, a cloud service providers’ foundational security will not suffice. The tenants in the infrastructure have unique applications and differing levels of confidential data. Each tenant needs to be able to build upon the infrastructure providers’ foundation with a set of security solutions aimed at solving the concerns and problems that they have.


  • For instance, some cloud users may have PCI compliance concerns while others may not be overly concerned as they are using the infrastructure for just dev and test. The first organization in these examples would require services such as firewall, IDPS, log management, web application firewall, and file integrity monitoring among others. The second organization may just opt for firewall and VPN. Each cloud customer needs to have the ability to easily make those choices and turn on and off the level of service they need. This security model is critical to ensuring the success of the cloud.

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