Today, many businesses place their processes and operations on the services offered by the cloud. There are many clouds out there, even from top-tier companies such as Google and Microsoft, but all of them present security problems to some degree. For that reason, it’s highly recommended that businesses follow cloud data security practices to protect their information and even the business itself. Keep reading this article to find out more!
What are cloud data security practices?
The cloud has become a huge part of daily life. Businesses and users preferred any cloud services to store their important data. For business, this is the place to secure processes, operations, information about employees, suppliers, accounting, and more. This data can be compromised if the service presents a failure or if it’s a new victim of the ongoing cyberattacks that have been taking place the last few years.
Cloud data security practices have become a must for every business, and why not, for individual users. But not many business owners know how they work and what kind of protection they can offer. Actually, many owners don’t get what a cloud is and how it works; they just say yes to everything and just upload and forget that data. This article will provide all the information to fully understand the different cloud data security practices.
Selection due diligence
Many people skip this step which is important for everybody. This is all about knowing the cloud service, investigating its reputation, and, of course, checking reviews from users. But also it’s important to do a deep reading and look up its security practices and user agreement. This will indicate how the service secures and stores the business data, plus how the cloud stops unauthorized users from grabbing a hold over that information. Also, it’s recommended to check how the service works in case of a data breach, and how the security team responds. If any of this information is unclear or unsatisfactory, it’s better to move on to another service.
Unified access management strategy
One of the most concerning issues about cloud services is that many businesses don’t have a unified access management strategy. This could lead to poor credentials and wrong access to authenticated users. The best here is to unify all the access and authentication using a single sign-on (SSO) provider. It is recommended to activate the multifactor authentication and undergo frequent access rights reviews.
User education and malware protection
Many users make big mistakes because they don’t comprehend the system used for the business, whether they’re employees or owners. For that reason, elevating users’ education is highly recommended; every employee and owner must understand the risks and how cybercrime works to trick them. Also, a malware and threat protection solution that’s designed for cloud deployments can be a lifesaver. When the data is at risk, this can protect it.
Many businesses love to upload everything to the cloud, but, honestly, that is a huge mistake. The best way to protect data is to upload what’s necessary only. For example, with any business transaction, it is recommended to store some identifying client data, but uploading the financial or operations data to the cloud is not necessary. Teaching this to the authorized users, and having a data minimization policy, will reduce the vulnerability on the cloud.
The cloud and apps are now a huge part of any business, but the risk will always be there, and having poor cloud data security practices can be the doom of many businesses. So, the best is to be updated in those practices, and teach all the employees and higher users how to protect data and critical information. Keep in touch with our blog to read the latest news and innovations in the cybersecurity world.
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