Cloud Security is Not Always a Myth!

By CIOReview | Friday, August 9, 2019

The cloud has turn out to be omnipresent, but businesses still need to make sure their data is secure. No matter if data is in the cloud or on-premises, it can always be vulnerable to attacks by the smart and tenacious hackers today.

FREMONT, CA: Security has been a vital concern in the cloud security for businesses, making them hesitant to move to it for storage. It is high time for them to realize that the increases data breaches do not come along with the cloud, but with the businesses’ own inadequate security technologies and practices.

The cloud is imperative in the world where data volumes are exploding, and the IT leaders have realized that the cloud is as secure as their onsite data centers. It is essential to understand the methods of securing data while transferring it to the cloud:

• Many businesses consider moving to a decent cloud provider just for the sake of safeguarding their data. Some cloud vendors indeed have much superior security expertise than the average small business, as it is certified compliant with federal data governance standards.

• Since the cloud has a shared responsibility model; companies can leverage someone else’s data center and have less direct liability for security for the infrastructure. Most of the time, customers are typically responsible for firewalls, network access control, deploying software free of vulnerabilities, and patching operating systems. Companies should always ensure that they follow their cloud providers and stay informed about what the suppliers are responsible for when it comes to security.

• Some businesses assume that storing data in the cloud requires no back-up further, but that is a myth. They must ensure that their data is appropriately backed-up, no matter where it is. One of the benefits of a multi-cloud strategy is that it can decrease the risk of widespread data loss or downtime in case of a failure in a cloud-computing environment.

• The data owner is accountable for the access control and not the cloud platform provider. Not setting up proper access controls of the company and not considering good password hygiene seriously with the use of multifactor authentication for distant users, they can expose the data to risks.

Companies should ensure that data is encrypted in the cloud for its protection and employ a comprehensive security assessment. It can help in reporting the issue and patching them, almost like learning lessons from a hack, without any loss.

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