Mitigating Cloud Migration Risks

What Is a Cloud Security Architecture

Cloud Migration to the cloud can be a complex endeavor that requires both technical and nontechnical expertise from your team. Goals and KPIs for the project should be established early, while applications should also be examined thoroughly to assess whether they fit with cloud infrastructure.

There are various migration strategies, but one of the most cost-effective is known as “lift and shift,” or rehosting, where apps are simply moved from their current environment onto cloud without alteration.


Migrating data and applications to the cloud offers many advantages for businesses. Migrating can help businesses reduce infrastructure costs while increasing scalability to meet demand, but initial migration processes may be expensive due to costs such as tools/services for data migration, extra bandwidth for data transfer, computing/storage costs in the cloud etc. Therefore it is vital that businesses understand these costs before embarking on any migration projects.

Step one of determining the costs associated with cloud migration is conducting a comprehensive audit of your digital assets, which will enable you to better identify which applications to migrate and which to keep. Migration might make sense in cases that involve low latency requirements or strict data residency rules, for instance; otherwise it might make more sense for some applications not to move there at this stage.

Reduce migration costs by minimizing the volume of data to be moved. Software tools can help identify and track critical digital assets; alternatively, data compression and deduplication methods may reduce transferred amounts significantly – saving both money and time during migration.

Companies should make use of cloud management tools to monitor their infrastructure, which will enable them to identify issues, resolve them, and prevent potential problems before they arise – improving efficiency while decreasing risks of downtime.

Businesses can take advantage of the lower costs associated with cloud migration by shifting from capital expenditures to operating expenditures, eliminating upfront investments in hardware and software as well as ongoing maintenance expenses. Furthermore, cloud vendors can automatically track software usage without costly technical support costs being necessary.


If you’re migrating to the cloud, it is essential that you consider how much work must be completed and when the process should conclude. A typical migration may take more than a year and involves extensive testing, planning, and execution; however, this approach allows for less expensive downtime while guaranteeing your data’s security and access anytime and anywhere.

When migrating data or applications between servers, it’s essential that applications and workloads be evaluated for performance and security, with backup/logging services implemented to safeguard your data in case of disaster. Doing this will save time and money while providing valuable insight into how your systems are functioning.

Once the migration is complete, it’s essential to proactively monitor and optimize your cloud environment. This includes performing security and compliance audits, software updates, resource adjusting to meet company business plans as well as keeping an eye out for new features or capabilities that might make your environment more efficient or cost-effective.

Migration to the cloud also offers you greater flexibility for adapting to changing business needs, making this solution superior to others that lock you into contracts or one-size-fits-all plans. Scalability in the cloud makes it easier to respond quickly and flexibly to changes in customer demand and business goals without depending on physical hardware and IT staff for support. Technology evolves at an astonishingly rapid rate, necessitating organizations to adapt quickly. Cloud technologies offer organizations an agile operational paradigm capable of meeting these changes; therefore, data has emerged as a new frontier – moving beyond mere bytes and bits, to offer actionable insights that drive sound decision-making processes and strategic initiatives.


Migrating applications and workloads to the cloud is often complex. A thorough plan must be created, including considering impacts to business processes, network connections, data security and more. A good cloud migration provider should offer services that minimize risks while making the process easier for your team – they should help plan your migration strategy, map architecture that matches up with your new environment and offer ongoing support through every stage of migration.

Lift and shift is a quick and straightforward approach to migrating an app to the cloud, offering minimal changes. This method works best for companies needing to move existing applications quickly or those who prefer not making extensive code or architecture changes.

Rehosting is another option available to enterprises when moving an on-premises application to a cloud-native platform such as Amazon Web Service or Microsoft Azure data centers. Rehosting provides more flexibility than lift and shift, but still represents a major change to an existing application and may make integration with machine learning or artificial intelligence difficult.

Refactoring or “re-architecting” is another option available to developers that leverages cloud native properties like agility, scalability and cost savings to transform an application’s code and architecture to take full advantage of cloud native properties like agility, scalability and cost savings. Re-architecting may take longer due to bugs introduced during its creation; however it often offers greater performance and scalability compared to rehosting.


Migration to the cloud raises various security issues, including data integrity, compliance requirements and resource allocation. While these obstacles can be minimized through taking appropriate security steps during and post migration processes, they still pose significant risks that enterprises must effectively address in order to mitigate.

While migrating data to the cloud has many advantages, it’s equally important to assess its security risks – including those related to hackers gaining access and potentially corrupting it. Furthermore, migration itself can present additional vulnerabilities.

To reduce these risks, it’s essential that you conduct an in-depth assessment of your existing environment and create an extensive security plan. This will allow you to establish whether your infrastructure is ready for cloud adoption and identify areas which need improvement. It should also comply with industry and regulatory standards while offering tools to manage and monitor security processes.

Once your cloud migration is complete, it’s essential to regularly test and optimize its setup for performance, security, cost-effectiveness and disaster recovery/business continuity. Discovery/translation tools can help assess architecture while identifying hardware/software/network dependencies as well as plan migration process or pinpoint areas needing additional security measures.

Understand the various cloud migration strategies and their respective workloads is key. Rehosting is a popular cloud migration method used in highly regulated industries to move data and applications without altering their architecture – this type of cloud migration helps ensure compliance with regulations and industry-specific standards.


Migrating data to the cloud may pose additional security risks for organizations with sensitive data. While cloud providers possess robust security measures, it remains the organization’s responsibility to configure them correctly to protect its own data in case of breach or unapproved access. This involves clearly assigning roles among team members as well as setting clear expectations.

One of the key challenges in migrating workloads to the cloud is meeting regulatory compliance standards. Life Sciences and Healthcare organizations face stringent digital compliance regulations due to electronic Patient Health Information (ePHI). Therefore, when moving workloads onto cloud servers they must take these policies into consideration.

Consider also data residency requirements. While on-premises data storage can be easily controlled, moving it to the cloud makes this more complicated as backup copies could potentially reside in multiple places and break privacy laws – particularly for companies operating internationally.

After your migration has taken place, it is crucial to develop a plan for maintaining a healthy cloud environment. This should include an accurate list of applications to be moved along with an estimated timeline and any necessary hardware upgrades.

Finalizing these steps involves clearly outlining roles and responsibilities for all team members – management as well as technical practitioners – within your cloud environment. Doing this will allow IT departments to focus on strategic aspects such as data management and performance while giving staff members more training opportunities necessary for running the cloud successfully.

Mark Funk
Mark Funk is an experienced information security specialist who works with enterprises to mature and improve their enterprise security programs. Previously, he worked as a security news reporter.