Weak or lack of adequate encryption system in the cloud infrastructure often leads to enterprise data to be compromised. There are several instances where the data in the cloud is shared across various channel partners, collaborators and others. In such an eventuality, enterprise data security in the cloud should be encrypted using strong algorithms so that only authorized users with a matching key can be able to access private records.
While it’s true that several cloud providers take security precautions like blocking suspicious high data traffic from accessing the cloud, much needs to be done on enhancing security. As a matter of fact, some of the cloud security concerns are outside the scope of a cloud service provider and hence they should take adequate security precautions against malicious cyber-attacks.
In order to mitigate the security threats in the cloud, one has to have various cloud security solutions such as critical data backup and disaster recovery process, integrated malicious threat detection and prevention system which secures all the network layers and application layers in the cloud.
To secure access points in the cloud, a comprehensive hardware and software configured firewall can be installed. A behavioral web application firewall validates the ‘http’ requests to a website to ensure it is legitimate traffic. This process ensures security and protects web applications from security breaches.
Enforcing Two-factor or Multi-factor authentication systems such as one-time passwords and phone-based authentication, protects the cloud services by making it harder for malicious attackers to gain access using stolen passwords.
The security of cloud based apps is paramount especially when third parties are involved in building the APIs and interfaces to be integrated into the cloud system. Hence, CIOs should ensure that all apps from various vendors are tested for vulnerabilities and is secure. In fact, CIOs can avail the security analysis report from the vendors.
Features such as providing auto patching of security updates by default enhances the security of the cloud. When it comes to mitigating security concerns in the cloud, it is crucial to have a strategic internal security policy in addition to choosing the right cloud service provider.
Last, but not the least — organizations should use strong encryption system to secure their critical data in the cloud and data in transit.
Several organizations who delay in investing on cloud security due to cost factor should not take their chances. Any cyber-attack on the cloud infrastructure can severely damage the credibility and reputation of the organization which results in breakdown of trust towards their clients. With the massive cost involved due to security breaches, enterprises cannot afford to consider cloud security an afterthought priority.
The fact is that there are numerous cloud security threats out there for enterprises already running critical infrastructure in the cloud. In the longer run, the million dollar question is — what can enterprise businesses do to utilize the advantages of cloud technology while ensuring a secure environment for critical data?