Most organizations that have embraced cloud-based solutions will rave about the efficiencies the cloud offers, including the ability to scale without much effort in either direction. Cost savings and flexibility are also big perks, but what about cloud security? Is it lacking?
You don’t have to look far to see how hackers have established themselves as serious threats to what would otherwise be a normal day at the office. Data breaches have become an unfortunate part of the business climate. Here’s what your organization can do to protect itself.
The most prominent threat looming in the background is a data breach through which sensitive company and client information gets out to where it’s not supposed to be. This could be intellectual property, health records, social security numbers, passwords, credit card numbers and more. All of these can be hacked, and the ripple effect can be quite damaging.
One way to help avoid these data breaches is to keep your software updated and patched with security solutions, such as a two-factor authentication process to get into the system. This can help ensure your information stays safe.
Most organizations strive for an efficient workflow, which is something cloud-based solutions can offer. However, it’s not always a good idea to allow everyone access to everything. A little access management goes a long way in offering you more cloud security.
You need to fully evaluate what type of information you’re dealing with, categorize it, and decide who absolutely must have access to it. Set permissions to restrict access to that information, making sure the only people who see it are those who couldn’t do their daily tasks otherwise.
If you’re not looking for weak areas in your system, you can bet there are people outside of your organization who are doing that right now. When they find it, they’re going to sneak in, perhaps leaving no indication, and gain access to everything you have.
If you’ve got bugs in your code, they will likely be exploited at some point – so find them before hackers do and fix your issues to close up your vulnerabilities. Cloud security solutions include installing all patches in a timely manner and never pushing off updates as they become available. It’s tempting to put it off when you’ve got a heavy workload in front of you, but make it company policy to immediately install updates.
At Cory Communications, our cloud solutions help clients move in the direction of the right cloud strategy. If your goal is to maintain an adaptable and scalable network and IT architecture, our solutions, including cloud security, will be of interest to you, so contact us today and let’s talk about how we can customize a solution for you.