Cloud computing is ubiquitous and every business is using cloud applications to a certain extent, e.g., for file sharing, data storage, team communication, project management, CRM systems, sales management, and more.
While most reputable cloud providers have dedicated teams of security experts, there are still incidences in which hackers are gaining access to sensitive information stored in the cloud.
However, these breaches are often caused by end-user negligence and many of them can be prevented if organizations take some simple steps to improve their cloud computing security.
Here's what you can do to protect your data:
1. Implement Strong Authentication Protocol
The traditional username/password combination is often insufficient to protect user accounts from hackers.
Use two-factor or multi-factor authentication for logging into all your cloud applications to ensure that only authorized personnel can access the data.
2. User Access Management Solutions
Most employees don't need access to every application, every piece of information, or every file. Setting proper levels of authorization ensures that each employee can only view or manipulate the applications or data necessary for him to do his job.
Assigning user access rights not only helps prevent an employee from accidentally editing information that she isn't authorized to access but also protects your systems from hackers who have stolen an employee's credential.
3. Monitor, Log, and Analyze User Activities
Real-time monitoring and analysis of user activities can help you spot irregularities that deviate from normal usage patterns, e.g., log in from a previously unknown IP or devices.
These abnormal activities could indicate a breach in your system so catching them early on can stop hackers in their tracks and allow you to fix security issues.
4. Create a Comprehensive "Offboarding" Process
When employees leave your company, make sure they can no longer access your systems, data, customer information, and intellectual properties.
Since each employee would likely have access to many different cloud applications and platforms, you need a systemized deprovisioning process to ensure that all the access rights for each departing employee are revoked.
5. Provide Employee Training
Hackers can gain access to secure information by stealing employees' login credentials through social engineering techniques such as phishing, spoof websites, and social media spying.
Offering training on cybersecurity is the best way to prevent employees from falling victims to these scams and compromising your company's sensitive data.
6. Implement a Data Backup and Recovery Policy
The average cost of IT downtime is $5,600 per minute so it's important to minimize the impact of a cybersecurity breach on your organization.
Devise a comprehensive data backup and recovery solution to protect all your information and make sure business-critical data can be retrieved with as little disruption as possible in the event of a security breach.
Take Advantage of Cloud Computing Without the Security Risks
Following industry best practices in selecting, installing, provisioning, and managing cloud services can help you get the most out of cloud computing while maintaining a high level of security to protect your sensitive data.
The most cost-effective way to make sure that your organization is implementing the best-in-class cloud security measures is to work with a team of experts who can help you design a comprehensive cloud computing strategy that ties all the pieces together.
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