Don’t be an April Fool when it comes to securing your cloud from cyber attacks!
Cloud computing is one of the key drivers for a business reaching its organisational goals, because of this, cloud computing has become the new norm for many businesses. Due to this, cloud adoption will continue to grow, making it one of the top investment areas for enterprises in 2019. With more and more businesses adopting cloud computing, cybersecurity has grown in popularity also. Hackers are continuously discovering new ways to infiltrate sensitive data and to take advantage of a business’ vulnerabilities.
Businesses must place security at the forefront of their IT goals. There are many threats to a business’ cloud that you should be aware of, such as;
A data breach is possibly the most common cloud security concern. Breaches are generally the result of a cloud security attack when unauthorised users and/or programs gain access to sensitive data.
Unlike data breaches, data loss is generally caused by natural causes or human error, these include the physical destruction of servers or human error. However, data loss can also be caused by a targeted attack. Regardless of the cause, the result will always be the same; you lose all the data that your business has been collecting for years.
Even if your team aren’t using default, unsecured passwords, hackers can still crack your team’s credentials and gain access to your cloud using your team member’s accounts and through these accounts, steal or manipulate your data or sabotage your business processes. This is referred to as ‘account hijacking’.
Even if your business’ systems are secure, third-party applications can cause additional cloud security risks. Namely, IoT solutions are typically considered as a threat to data privacy, devices such as; connected cars, health monitors, and home appliances, collect and transmit sensitive data in real time. As a result, intruders can hijack your data through hacking your APIs and not your cloud.
Apart from external security threats, there are many internal risks. For example, your employees can cause privacy violations of major data leaks, this can be due to targeted malicious behaviour or simply as a result of human error. They can also act as an entry point for malware, e.g. by using their devices for work-related purposes as part of a BYOD policy.
Cloud Security Best Practices
To protect your cloud infrastructure from these risks, you should consider adopting the below;
1.Establish Access Management Policies
You should only provide access permissions to employees who need it. You should also ensure that your business can revoke access at any time, especially if your business employs contractors or temp staff. For an additional level of security, your business should implement Multi-Factor Authentication.
2.Create A Disaster Recovery Plan
To avoid data loss and to minimise downtime after a disruption your business should create a disaster recovery plan. You should also regularly backup your data to ensure that if/when a data loss occurs you can quickly regain the data.
3.Raise Employee Awareness
You should educate and train your employees about cloud security and the role they play in maintaining your business’ security. This will ensure your team members will have the tools and knowledge available to them to ensure your business’ data remains secure.
4.Encrypt Your Data
Before uploading your data to the cloud, your business should consider encrypting the data to ensure it remains secure. Your business may also wish to keep it encrypted when stored and in use.
5.Conduct A Cloud Security Assessment Regularly
You should review your cloud infrastructure once in a while, and not only when you experience a data breach. Your business should work with a trusted IT partner to manage your cloud services.
To learn more about cloud computing and how best to secure your data, contact our team in our Waterford and Dublin offices.