Call for change

The use of the cloud is growing rapidly, and the security risks to cloud-based data are growing exponentially as well.

With 95 percent of our business applications now operating in the cloud, our focus on enhancing the security of cloud-based data and operations goes beyond the “usual” controls.

We’ve broadened and deepened our information security operations using an innovative cloud security solution that prioritizes risk mitigation and enhances cloud compliance and governance. Our team has also adopted a cloud-first mindset that helps us to work smart, stay vigilant and take a proactive approach to securing cloud-based data on an ongoing basis.

“Cloud underpins virtually every aspect of our business. From a security perspective, moving to the cloud required us to identify and develop new lines of defense to enhance our security posture.”

— JOHN BLASI, Managing Director - Technology & Operations

When tech meets human ingenuity

To keep our cloud-based business applications and data secure, we took a broader approach to enhancing our cloud security.

Our Information Security team worked closely with our internal IT organization to fortify our cloud security posture and created a solution that engages multiple safety measures. We rely on cloud providers for a portion of our data security and add our own cloud technology—Accenture Cloud Platform to the solution, along with cloud compliance measurement and cloud governance. Together, all of these measures address our unique security requirements of operating cloud-based business applications on a large scale.

A cloud technology platform, Accenture Cloud Platform improves cloud operations, maintains necessary levels of security, controls cost, and ensures governance of our cloud estate.

The platform runs in close coordination with our operations teams to prioritize risk mitigation in areas that are vital to business functions that rely on the cloud.

To ensure compliance and accelerate the deployment of cloud environments, we developed a “Secure from Start" process, which provides a blueprint or template to deploy cloud environments and resources in a secure and compliant fashion.

The Accenture Cloud Platform works with our internal IT and Information Security teams to monitor cloud security through cloud-native and legacy tools and metrics like Cloudtrail and Compliance Watch.

We defined a set of security services for our cloud environments, which are now an essential part of our proactive approach to security and include:

  • Cloud configuration monitoring
  • Host hardening, anti-virus, malware, and host-based intrusion detection systems protection
  • Server compliance and vulnerability scanning
  • Security incident and even monitoring
  • L1/L2 SOC

We developed a Cloud Governance committee made up of leaders from the Accenture Cloud Platform, our internal IT team and Information Security organization.

The committee defined new cloud security standards, enhanced corporate policies to mandate secure cloud operations in a top-down approach, and developed metrics to monitor compliance across our cloud estate.

A valuable difference

Moving a large percentage of business applications to the cloud required us to identify and develop enhanced security measures to protect our data, as well as the cloud-based data and information of our clients.

As cloud operations continue to expand, our teams understand what it takes to secure the cloud on an ongoing basis.

Our proactive security approach

In addition to our cloud mindset, our teams stay vigilant in their security behaviors. We complement our security operations with company policies, cloud security standards, and compliance and remediation.

Company policies

To address specific accountability and security controls for protecting our internal and client environments.

Cloud security standards

Designed security standards to apply when using cloud provider services.

Compliance and remediation

All internal business groups using cloud environments must maintain compliance and perform remediation activities.

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