Cloud security might be a popular topic, but are enterprises doing enough to protect themselves? Furthermore, for those who have embraced a path to cloud security, are they configuring everything correctly? And finally, are IT personnel and those with access to sensitive data getting the education they need to effectively follow cloud security protocols? A discussion is not enough to stop cybercriminals from gaining access to your sensitive data. It is critical that you not only know but also address the many avenues by which cybercriminals threaten organizations.
Liabilities are created in areas where they simply shouldn’t be. For example, source code is often embedded in applications and automation scripts. These are essentially company secrets that developers include within the code, and these scripts allow for connections to occur with external systems. It is done this way because it’s easier, which is why your developers need to be held accountable with regard to this issue.
The proper way to do source code is to use key management services. You’ll find these with Amazon Web Services, Key Vault (from Microsoft) and the Azure platform. They use hardware security modules, which safely store your secrets.
Quick to Deploy, Easy to Hack
You can deploy just about anything you want in minutes through cloud platforms. That’s great, but it also leaves you open to attack because it can be so easy to make mistakes that lead to your applications getting hacked.
Rather than store everything in a cloud solution without a thought about security, carefully examine who gets access to cloud resources. For example, administrators are the only people who should have access to your highly sensitive data.
Use Multifactor Authentication
Administrative accounts need to have a higher form of security. What has shown to be highly effective against data breaches is the multifactor authentication process. Think of it as a second layer of security, and that’s important because we know how crafty cybercriminals can penetrate a single layer of security.
Smartphones (via either a text message or through virtual multifactor authentication software) are the go-to form of gaining access to a random code generated to get into the system, but hardware key fobs, which are essentially USB sticks, are also used in some situations.
One way to approach giving your cloud security protocols a boost is to partner with the right agent — one with knowledge about a variety of services and technology that is used to boost security. It’s what they do all day every day, which is why you can trust their consultations on the topic. Furthermore, they’ll work to get to know you and what your enterprise’s unique needs are.
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