Businesses of all sizes are embracing the use of the cloud and they are migrating their data and applications to this new infrastructure. Though beneficial, this migration has its own set of risks. As a business owner, you need to find ways of minimizing the risks associated with cloud computing. The very first step in minimizing the risks in the cloud is by first identifying the top risks that exists in the cloud infrastructure.
The Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) has listed the top 12 cloud computing threats that every organization needs to pay keen attention to. They have named these threats as the “Treacherous 12”. Here is a discussion of three of these risks which we believe are the most serious:
Having discussed some of the serious threats that your business can face in the cloud, we now suggest some proven ways by which you can improve your cloud security
i. Restricted Access
You need to ensure that access to the cloud infrastructure is restricted to authorized personnel only. You must then train these persons on how to safely access the data to ensure that they do not expose your system to intruders.
ii. Strict Security for sensitive data
You must make sure that all sensitive data has extra layer of security. Sensitive data such as customers financial and personal data must be encrypted and stored securely in a safe place within the cloud infrastructure.
iii. Extend security to all devices
You need to ensure that you keep your business data distinct from your personal data. There is need to have a patch management agent installed on all your devices to ensure that they keep fixing all bugs and keep all your software up to date. You should also scan all the devices used to access the cloud for any vulnerabilities.
iv. Invest in network protection
It is important for you to add intelligence to your network to enable you to see through the cloud and capture the details of all users accessing your data. Such an ability will also help you when it comes time to conduct forensic investigation into the whole cloud infrastructure.
There are a number of cloud security monitoring software and services providers. These include Dome9, Zscaler, Qualys, Netskope, Alert Logic Cloud Defender, Cisco Cloud Web Security, IBM Cloud Security Enforcer among others. Some examples of cloud security tools include Vormetric, SafeNet, Proofpoint among others.