An estimated 42% of employees are putting in their work hours from home, but with roughly 80% of the workforce desiring a work-from-home situation, there is bound to be an influx in cloud-based solutions that connect workers to their home offices. To ensure all data is safe, adopting cloud security solutions must be a priority.
Despite the ramped-up tactics of cyber criminals, most businesses don’t do enough to protect themselves. In many situations, there is simply confusion regarding which party is responsible — the cloud service provider or you.
For example, a company adopts a cloud-based solution and knows that it comes with some security protocols on the provider’s end; but what they don’t know is that at the end of the day, the company is responsible for the security of their data, including while it’s migrating to the provider’s server.
Knowing who is accountable for what is a brilliant first step to make toward a more secure environment.
Addressing the Risks
It’s difficult to identify the enemy if you don’t know what they look like. There is plenty of evidence out there regarding the source of much of the risk involved with cloud-based applications. With a little research, you can get a better idea of where the risks are coming from, where you might be most vulnerable, and how you can better protect your data.
What you’ll notice, if you haven’t already, about cloud security is that the cloud lacks a defined border or perimeter. Yes, your providers will offer cloud-native security controls, but it’s likely not enough to fully protect you. The onus is on you to shut down open ports where cyber criminals can easily jump through.
The Misconfigure Mistake
Some of the most common problems companies face today with their cloud adoption practices revolves around misconfigurations. When this happens, data can seep out and find itself unprotected on the internet. Few threats to cloud security are more prevalent than this.
As you analyze your storage buckets – and you should understand that they are not the responsibility of your cloud provider – seek out security tools that will help you configure your buckets correctly and add password protections as well as authentication procedures. When you’ve landed on the right technology for protecting your storage buckets, you’ll also have access to tools that allow you to run tests that will red-flag any risk areas that need more attention.
Consult With a Cloud Security Expert
To maintain the edge over cyber criminals, make sure you’re adopting and implementing all the right technology. Understandably, the process is one of complexity that can lead to frustration because there are numerous cloud service providers offering various security tools, and it is difficult to determine which one is a good fit for your workflow, infrastructure, and other important functions.
At eXemplify, we make the process as easy as possible. Our approach includes an audit of your system that will help us determine which cloud security solutions are the best fit for your needs. Contact us and let’s discuss our process.