Cloud security risks
Many businesses are migrating to cloud environments with ‘complete’ trust in their security controls and backup procedures. The cloud provides scalable, affordable and efficient business solutions. But this does not mean you are immune to hackers targeting your business. Relying on the security of a cloud service alone can expose businesses to unnecessary risks.
While the cloud has many advantages, it does not mean that web applications are more secure. Embrace the many benefits of the cloud but understand the risks. Moving to the cloud does not mean these disappear, security risks still need addressing. The biggest threats to cloud computing are inadequate identity and permissions management. These are often overlooked when businesses focus on transitioning to cloud services.
Here are some risks that can threaten business security on the cloud.
Third-parties manage the data
No matter the cloud service you migrate to, it is to a third-party provider. This means you give them permission to manage your applications and data. Check their security protocols. Ask about threat detection processes and systems to prevent intrusion before choosing a cloud provider. Other things you should know include:
- their location for storing data to assess the provider’s physical security
- the policies and procedure for reporting cybersecurity breaches
- records of any previous breaches
- know what applications and files they protect on their servers
- check what security features, such as multilayered security procedures, they offer
- look at their latest security audits to check for any security breaches
- whether you have visibility of security settings.
Using the cloud risks becoming a target
Most cloud service providers take strong measures to keep cybercriminals from accessing their servers. The problem is, if hackers cannot access an organisation on the cloud, they will use social engineering to circumvent security systems to steal user’s login details.
To lessen this risk, check the provider allows multi-factor authentication. This adds an additional layer of protection to the use of strong password protocols. Passwords should be eight characters with a mix of numbers, letters and symbols. And, train staff to recognise fake links, emails and websites.
Cloud servers share space with other users
One of the biggest threats using the cloud is other users share space on the servers. Others may use dubious management practices that jeopardise the security of your files and applications. There is a risk sensitive data could end up leaking into another user’s account. This can have disastrous consequences for your organisation.
Avoid this by encrypting your files before uploading them to the cloud so no one else can access or change them.
Do due diligence before choosing a cloud service
With so many cloud providers, it is wise to create a checklist before choosing a cloud service for your business. Do your due diligence before making a choice. Emphasis should be on security protocols, disaster recovery plans and how long it takes to recover from a disaster.
With inadequate account security, businesses expose themselves to possible disastrous damage with limitations in liability restricting the client from compensation.
You want to get it right from the start. Talk to Rightsize Technology for help with cloud security for your organisation.
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