As cloud adoption continues to move along with increasing momentum, hackers have moved in to take advantage of the many businesses and organizations that have not properly put forth measures to defend their systems against attack.
With the benefits of the cloud widely extolled by IT professionals (even on this very blog), many businesses have taken notice and started to adopt, sometimes without foresight into every aspect of the cloud, particularly dealing with security. For any businesses looking to up their cloud game, here are some of the best ways to counteract common problems.
Counteract Data Breaches
As illustrated by the recent Equifax debacle and many other leaks of consumer information, dealing with data breaches is paramount when it comes to cloud security. When an organization is breached, it can face criminal charges, lawsuits, and a permanent stain on its reputation.
Because of this, companies should exercise the utmost caution when distributing sensitive information through cloud systems. Multifactor authentication is one of the easiest and best ways to counteract a potential breach, whether through phone verification, temporary passwords, or smartcards. Since many of these breaches occur as a result of poor user passwords or mismanagement of login credentials, these systems help enforce good conduct. It may slightly inconvenience some of your employees—but the cost to them is nothing compared to the cost of even a minor breach.
Physically Protect Your Data
One aspect of system management that many do not consider is potential damage in the face of a fire or natural disaster. If all of your data is kept in a single, physical location, the result of such a disaster can be catastrophic.
The cloud does, however, make it easier to backup and distribute your data. Consider additional data sites and precautions for disaster recovery. Off-site storage options are widely available and more useful than ever for preparing for potential destruction of data.
Audit Employee Accounts
The difficult part of achieving good cybersecurity is considering every point where a system can be compromised. Multifactor authentication is one way to help make the process as fail-proof as possible, but a level of due diligence from the company is also necessary.
For instance, be sure to immediately delete credentials from former employees. Even if their employment ended on good terms, it is wise to ensure that there are no extraneous accounts that have system access.
The ability of system administrators to monitor a network have thankfully improved over time. Still, frequent checks are necessary to catch any anomalies as soon as possible. Advanced analytics and machine learning play a large part in better monitoring, but there is still no substitute for a seasoned IT professional, particularly one that can flag potential signs of breaches or issues before they happen. Per-app analytics are a great way to deliver application status in a usable manner that can then be acted upon in the event of a problem.
It can be difficult to completely screen a cloud system, but it’s something that every business needs to consider, with the consequences having the potential to permanently damage a company’s livelihood. Fortunately, there are a few tried-and-true methods to help protect from attack or disaster, allowing new cloud infrastructures to flourish and properly work toward improving a business.