Ways to Augment Security in the Cloud

By CIOReview | Tuesday, June 4, 2019

FREMONT, CA: The success of cloud technology has motivated many organizations and businesses to migrate their processes and operations to the cloud. However, cloud migration is not without vulnerabilities. The services utilized by organizations such as infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS), cloud storage, software-as-a-service (SaaS), and so on are hosted by third parties and are connected through mobile devices without any attachment to the company headquarters. As a result, the virtual perimeter created by the cloud services offers complex challenges to the IT departments in safeguarding the company data.

The hosting of data across a fragmented landscape offers little or no visibility to the organizations. As a result, the data is either resting in cloud repositories or is being transmitted between different devices, all distributed over the corporate architecture. A part of this architecture is often managed by the organization, whereas the cloud service providers operate the rest. As a result, new risks are introduced to business operations.

The organizations should ensure proper adherence to security standards when adopting cloud infrastructure. A higher level of cooperation between the cloud service providers (CSPs) and organization can pave the way for the implementation of enhanced data protection across the cloud.

The main objective of organizations when it comes to cloud security is threat detection, data encryption, and access management. The organizations need to identify sensitive data and define it, creating regulations as to the kind of data that can be accessible in the cloud. The most sensitive data needs to be stored in on-premise private clouds.

Data integrity also plays a vital role in data protection as it prevents unauthorized modification and deletion of data. The vast data sources necessitate authorization to ensure the secure management of data. Downtime is also crucial when utilizing third party servers for data storage. Most CSPs allow the organizations to choose the server location for data storage, enabling enhanced response times and latency.

Encryption ensures effective protection of sensitive data on the cloud. It utilizes key-based algorithms stored by cloud providers to secure data while transmitting it. Some CSPs deliver critical management solutions, enabling organizations to use secure encryption methods to access the data.