Cloud Security for Newly Distributed Engineering Teams

By the Fugue Team in collaboration with Dave Williams, cloud architect at New Light Technologies.

Employers across the U.S. and around the world are rapidly shifting to a mandatory work-from-home (WFH) arrangement to help slow the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). Even for organizations already operating with team members working from home, this shift is likely causing disruption.

But for those abruptly jolted into this new reality, the move is highly disruptive. Operational and security protocols will need updates based on new access patterns from employees who previously worked at the office. And team members are experiencing additional pressures at home. They’re understandably stressed and on edge, and mistakes will be made.

The reality is that a lot of things are in flux right now at every organization. At Fugue, we’ve always been remote-friendly, but many on our team prefer to work from the office. We’ve been operating under a mandatory work-from-home policy for two weeks now, and we know it can be disruptive. Every engineering team is undergoing rapid change to deal with this crisis.

Newly remote teams managing cloud-based workloads should take simple but critical steps now to ensure the security of their cloud environments and protect cloud-based data. And if your team has already been distributed across different locations, you might be better prepared. But employee usage patterns are still being disrupted, and access policies and security guidelines that currently exist may not be sufficient now.

Don’t run afoul of your compliance standards and security best practices during this transition. For organizations operating in the cloud, cloud security is now a critical business continuity concern. Here are some tips and strategies to keep in mind.

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