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Cloud Security 101: How to Protect Your Business Assets

chip board cloud During the pandemic, we saw a drastic shift in cybersecurity. Businesses flocked to cloud services and telecommunication because of the need for remote workers. Cloud services became an inevitably efficient way to structure IT systems when remote access is so prevalent, but it still didn’t mean that cybersecurity services became redundant.

Cybersecurity is often focused on sensitive data and breaches, but proprietary business assets like images can also be crucial to protecting the business and brand image.

Here are a handful of tips on how to protect your business assets through cloud security 101.

Take stock of what you’re storing

The first step to take is to fully take stock of what you’re storing on the cloud and where. In order to keep business assets safe, you need to know exactly what assets you have and where they’re kept. From here, we can then determine and set privileges for different staff and create a free flow of information whilst maintaining protection over the assets.

Identity and access management

cloud computing polygonal wireframe technology Identity access management platforms have become increasingly leveraged since cloud-based environments grew in popularity. With workers being out of the office, we can’t physically see who is accessing the systems. Authentication and authorization technology are therefore paramount to control who is gaining access.

The goal is to ensure that the person requesting access is exactly who they claim to be. This may mean multiple-factor authentication requirements. But, it also means determining the minimum set of privileges each worker needs to do their job, and not unnecessarily exceeding those privileges.

Shared responsibility model

A common fallacy is that because the cloud service provider is hosting your data and business assets in the cloud, they’re fully responsible for the security to that cloud provider. This is actually not the case at all. Whilst they do have responsibilities and security protocol, they share the responsibility with their customers. So, businesses should continue to act accordingly.

It is therefore important to decipher and understand exactly what responsibilities are the cloud providers, and which are the organization’s.

Host-based security control

Host-based security controls can allow the administrators of the system to have good visibility of the activity taking place. A virtual paper trail is always useful to find out when issues took place and where, as this helps resolve or undo them. Endpoint protection is also vital in a cloud environment, and automation can achieve immediate deployment of the host-based security controls that have been set for each instance. This can ensure emerging threats are dealt with quickly.

Final word

Cloud-based security is a good way forward when it comes to efficiency. All business assets can be stored in one place so that it’s quick to find individual items and data. This also makes the environment easier to control, although the endpoints and remote access remains a vulnerable area. Beyond what is mentioned above, all staff should be retrained for cybersecurity in a remote working environment. VPNs should be mandatory, phishing attack spotting should be a focus, and the importance of ensuring a safe network connection on a controlled machine.

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