Is your Cybersecurity Strategy Good Enough to Protect your Cloud Data?

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The cloud offers all sorts of options, but it also leaves us more vulnerable to attack, which is why you should take a close look at your security strategies.

Life would be so much easier if there was no such thing as cybercrime. We could devote more time and resources to improving technology, refining the user experience and making data work for us. Sadly, cybersecurity takes up a huge amount of time, energy and money. What’s more, this situation is going to become more complicated. With an increasing number of companies moving onto the cloud, each will need to ensure their cybersecurity strategy is good enough to protect cloud data.

Unfortunately, as often as not, companies find their cybersecurity strategy is not up to the task. Gartner’s special report on cybersecurity predicts that over 60% of businesses will have suffered major service failures because their IT teams could not protect them against risk. The rise of cloud computing is, in many ways, a cybercriminal’s dreams come true.

The world is becoming more interconnected than ever and that makes us more vulnerable. But the benefits provided by cloud computing often outweigh the risk. But before you migrate all of your data to the cloud, you should rigorously scrutinize your existing cybersecurity strategy and ask yourself two important questions: is it good enough to protect the cloud data? And, can it be better?

Data encryption

The amount of data being stored in the cloud is growing exponentially and this data is being shared far and wide. Attacks are constantly evolving, as hackers attempt to get a hold of that data. From phishing to malware, ransomware, point of sale data collection and SQL code injection they are developing new and innovative attacks. It’s an ongoing game of cat and mouse in which attackers and defenders are constantly striving to get, and stay, one step ahead.

Despite your best efforts, it is impossible to safeguard all of your data, but encryption serves as the next best thing. With this method, all of your data will be encrypted and rendered unusable without an encryption key. This means cybercriminals may be able to intercept your date, but without the key, they won’t be able to do much with it.

Secure data transfers

Companies routinely turn to cloud service providers to manage at least a portion of their data, but this can be dangerous. Your security measures will only be as good as theirs and in the world of GDPR, you will be held accountable for any security problems that arise. Under new data protection regulations, you are responsible for any data which is held by a third party. So, even if a breach is their fault, you will be in the firing line. To survive in a world of interconnection between applications, data and security protocols are indispensable. These private digital exchanges protect your digital assets while allowing fast, low-latency and secure digital transfers.

Consistent encryption

The chances are you won’t find a single cloud provider to manage all your applications, so like most companies, you will use multiple cloud providers. This multi-cloud environment places a huge amount of functionality at your fingertips but it also leaves you vulnerable. Each of these will have their own encryption and key management methods. If you use multiple cloud providers you will have to use many different methods and management tools which will put a strain on your security team.

The solution is to use a centralized and cloud neutral method for encryption key management. No matter which cloud platform you’re using, this service controls encryption and provides you with consistent management methods and tools for the entire lifecycle. This means you have a single, secure, control point and can make better use of your existing security resources.

Separate encryption

Security can come through separation. It’s a good idea to have one cloud provider to manage encryption and another which manages further manages your data. This makes it much more difficult to hack into your data. So, if your data provider were to be hacked, the encryption key would still be safe. All the criminals would have is unusable cyphertext.

Centralized, secure and cloud neutral

Cybersecurity is a massive and rapidly growing marketplace and getting it right no simple matter. For every barrier you build, criminals are thinking of ways to get around it but the tips we’ve explained here will go a long way to helping you protect your cloud data. A good security system will be one which is centralized, cloud neutral, and secure. It is not dependant on any single provider and offers several layers of protection.

Think about building your cybersecurity strategy as you would think about building the defenses of a castle. The more layers of defense you have, the harder it will be for attackers to breach your security. Cybercriminals are like any other crook. They are looking for the easiest targets so the more hurdles they have to overcome, the more likely it is that they will turn their attention elsewhere.   

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Market Research Team, RapidValue

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