According to cloud security firm Alert Logic Cloud, security risks are increasing with attacks rising about 45% every year globally. Further, it is expected that in the coming five years, more than US$2 billion will be spent to shore up their cloud defenses by the enterprises, according to Forrester Research.
Mostly, the first time cloud users are more prone to risk because of their unfamiliarity with the new environment and the additional load of having to cope with a new way of managing users, data and security.
Hence, for the convenience of first timers, here are three security must-do’s before taking the plunge.
Know the cloudy areas –
It is important for any first time user to have a deep knowledge and understanding of the Cloud and its segmentation.Cloud deployment is segmented into three parts – the vendor, network service provider and enterprise. Before making selections for any of these, it’d be significant to learn about each and every aspect well. For instance, while making vendor selection, enquire the cloud vendor what security services it offers and which security vendors it works with.
Embrace Encryption –
Data encryption is one of the biggest security supports in the cloud. Hence, it should be non-negotiable when it comes to emails and file transfers. Although, it may not avoid data theft or hacking attempts, yet it can protect your business from incoming hefty regulatory fines when fearful event occurs. Hence, make sure to ask your cloud vendor about their data encryption schemes.
New apps, new defenses –
Before moving any new application to the cloud, consider adding new fortifications to the current security measures you’ve implemented around your log-in passwords of your application.You should have a granular data access scheme in order to fortify the access to your application in cloud. This can be achieved by trying access rights to roles, projects and company positions. This will benefit your business by adding an extra layer of protection when intruders steal your staff’s login credentials.
Moreover, to strengthen your authentication process, consider applying two-factor authentication – use of one-time passwords (OTP) and posture checking. A good trick can be requiring user IDs to be changed at initial logins.