It’s a parallel that seems to represent a negative product of change: as technology advances, so do security threats. In a world where data breaches make headlines, security is of utmost importance—especially for companies that have critical assets such as customer data, intellectual property, or proprietary corporate data.
Despite the progress that has been made to improve security, there are still instances of data breaches over the cloud. However, by taking the right measures, businesses can utilize the cloud to prevent data breaches and reduce the inherent stress perpetuated by security threats.
Below are five tips on utilizing security in the cloud.
1) Be aware of your cloud apps. We all love the various services that apps can provide. However, it is important to know the business readiness of app and which ones encrypt data stored on the service. It is important to know which apps render you more or less prone to a breach. If you employ cloud services, you should know exactly what is provided, and how your company utilizes them.
2) Transfer users to high-quality apps. As you already know, cloud-switching costs are minimal—which means that switching to better apps is possible. Choose apps that are best suited to your business needs; shopping around for the best apps is advised. If you stumble upon unsatisfactory apps, talk to your vendor or even switch. Our current technological makeup is dominated by a preponderance of worthy apps—utilize them.
3) Ask yourself: where is my data going? Look at your data in the cloud: review uploads, downloads, and data. Check if you have personally-identifiable information (PII) or unencrypted confidential that is in—or moving to—the cloud. Be aware of where your data is going.
4) Identify user activity. It is essential to understand not only which apps you utilize, but also your user activity. Which apps are used to share information? According to a VentureBeat study, one-fifth of tracked apps enabled sharing—ranging from customer-relationship management to finance and business intelligence. Knowing who is what sharing information—and with whom—will enable you to implement the right policies.
5) Reduce risk through granular policy. Begin with business-critical apps and implement policies that will help your business in the case of a breach. Some ideas: blockthe upload of information, block the download of PII, or block access to vulnerable apps when necessary. Preparation is key—and knowing where your information is at all times is paramount in mitigating risk.
Preventing data security breach is possible—it relies on your careful attention to cloud apps and user activity. Knowing your data is crucial in preventing risk. Analyzing your apps takes time, but is a worthwhile task. Contact us today to learn more about security and minimizing your cloud and data risks.