Cloud computing is an amazing advance in technology. Where before, whole servers would have to be dedicated on site to things like accounting software or email clients, now, much of those services are cloud-based, making it cheaper and easier to implement company-wide programs. But what about cloud data security?
What does the cloud mean for your cybersecurity efforts, and how can you ensure that you are working within an ultra secure cloud?
Here are three things that you should know about your cloud-based systems and programs from a cybersecurity perspective:
#1: The Cloud Isn’t Automatically Secure
Here’s a common assumption that many of our clients make… assuming that, just because they entrust their data to a piece of software “on the cloud”, that data is safe.
After all, they reason, the big software providers like Google or Microsoft wouldn’t ask you to upload data to their cloud if they weren’t willing to be liable for that information, right?
And, sadly, that assumption is incorrect.
Now, this doesn’t mean that your data is automatically in danger by virtue of using a cloud. And it doesn’t mean that all cloud-based service providers ignore your data security. Some will even offer basic levels of protection.
But what this does mean is that not all of them will, because it isn’t their job to protect your data. It’s your job. It’s important to know that your data isn’t safe because you upload it to a cloud.
It’s a good rule of thumb to assume that you are always responsible for your data. That means you should take the same level of precaution with data you upload to the cloud as the data you store locally. (Though the steps you take to do that may look a little different.)
#2: The Cloud Introduces A New Set Of Threat Vectors To The Party
Rather than automatically making your data safer, using the cloud actually introduces new ways for threats to enter your system.
If your cloud is not configured properly, you give attackers new potential ways to get a toehold into your system. Whenever data is in transit, and whenever login credentials can be moved from device to device, the organizational traffic on your network becomes more and more complex. The more movement happening within your system, the more opportunity for threats to show themselves in it.
Do you allow for remote desktop access?
Are your cloud settings properly configured?
Is the cloud public or private? Who gets access to the cloud servers, and how?
Have you checked your VPN tunnel settings?
These are all the types of questions that one should ask when working within the cloud. If you don’t know the answers, (or more importantly, if your IT or cybersecurity team don’t know them,) you could be open to all sorts of data breaches, malware, and ransomware.
For example, let’s say someone accesses your Google Drive because you mismanaged your passwords over email, and they took sensitive documents. That isn’t Google’s fault… it’s yours, for mishandling your company credentials. They won’t monitor your activity to see if anything looks unusual.
So can you even protect anything once it’s been uploaded to the cloud. Luckily, yes!
#3: You Can Protect Your Data On The Cloud
You can and should use the cloud safely. But that means stepping up and taking responsibility for the security of your data.
And you can!
Cloud-based service providers will give you the capability to control and configure their cloud settings to keep that info safe. You can put strict controls over who has access to your data, and under what conditions, but it’s your job to determine what those are and stay on top of monitoring activity to ensure that it falls within those parameters.
You also have the capability to plug in a SIEM in order to monitor for threats. SIEM (Security Incident Event Management) software is an excellent way to gather activity logs from across your entire security environment (including the cloud,) and monitoring the activity for potential threats.
Of course, a SIEM solution is only as good as the team you have running it. So make sure you have knowledgeable human eyes on your SIEM regularly to make sure that it’s optimized for your unique business fingerprint.
You can also monitor your cloud traffic using a Security Operations Center, or SOC. A SOC team is comprised of professional security analysts who consistently monitor your environment for potential threats and anomalous traffic.
By using these security methods, you can use the cloud with confidence.
Security For Your Cloud-Based Systems… On The Cloud!
Bitlyft Cybersecurity offers top tier levels of security, with an industry leading SIEM Platform and a team of proactive SOC specialists who work round the clock to keep your systems safe.
And we can do it all without having to install expensive On-Prem solutions.
That’s right, we offer a fully cloud-based extensive security solution that helps your company enjoy piece of mind, all at a fraction of the cost of training and equipping an in-house security team.
If you’re interested in seeing what Bitlyft can do for you, sign up for a demo today. We’d love to show you how we can keep your entire system safe and sound, including what you have on the cloud.