More organisations are encouraging or requiring employees to work from home in this digital age. They are also turning to cloud computing, which is cost-effective and grows efficiently, in addition to allowing employees to access the corporate network using their own devices. However, not all of these businesses are prepared for the cloud security concerns that come with it. Although cloud providers frequently include some security features, their primary obligation is to assure service availability. It's up to the enterprise to come up with a robust cloud security strategy.

According to a study from IDC, a worldwide intelligence company, and announced by Ermetic, a cloud access risk protection business, nearly 80% of firms surveyed had had at least one cloud data breach in the previous 18 months, with 43% experiencing ten or more breaches.

Here are 6 tips for you to improve your cloud security-

 

1. Deploy Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA)

 

Conventional username and password combinations are frequently insufficient to secure user accounts from hackers, and stolen credentials are one of the most common ways for hackers to get access to your online business data and apps.

They can log into all of the cloud-based programmes and services that you use every day to run your business once they have your user credentials.

Multi factor authentication (MFA) protects all of your cloud users, ensuring that only authorised individuals can log in to your cloud apps and access critical data in your on- or off-premise environment.

MFA is one of the simplest yet most effective security measures for preventing unauthorised access to your cloud services.

In fact, most cloud security experts advise that neglecting to incorporate MFA as part of your infrastructure as a service (IAAS) design is now regarded as careless.

 

2. Manage User Access to Improve Cloud Computing Security

 

The majority of employees do not require access to every application, piece of data, or file. With an Identity and Access Management (IAM), you can ensure that each employee can only access or change the applications or data that they need to complete their job.

Assigning access control not only protects you against hackers who have stolen an employee's credentials, but it also prevents an employee from accidently modifying information that he or she isn't authorised to access.

It's also worth noting that numerous regulatory compliance standards, like HIPAA, FINRA, and others, call for these kinds of security safeguards.

If you don't have the time or skill in-house to manage this user visibility and control, hire an experienced IT consultant to help you get it set up effectively.

Sign - up with a Managed Services Provider who can entirely take the burden of user access and management, also known as identity and access management (IAM), off your plate is another option for ongoing management of all your cloud IT services.

 

3. Monitor End User Activities With Automated Solutions to Detect Intruders

 

End-user activity can be monitored and analysed in real time to discover anomalies that differ from normal usage patterns, such as log ins from previously unknown IP addresses or devices.

These unusual behaviours could suggest a system breach, so detecting them early might stop hackers in their tracks and allow you to address security issues before they cause disaster.

There are a variety of SOCaaS options available to assist you with this, ranging from automated 24/7 networking monitoring and administration to advanced cyber security solutions like:

  • Detection and response to intrusions

  • Vulnerability Assessment and Mitigation

  • Detection and Response to Endpoints

Every company has unique requirements for different tiers of cyber protection, so obtain a third-party risk assessment before making any major investments.

 

4. Create a Comprehensive Off-boarding Process to Protect against Departing Employees

 

Make sure that when employees quit, they can't access your cloud storage, systems, data, customer information, or intellectual property. This is an important security responsibility that is often postponed days or weeks after an employee has left.

As each employee is likely to have access to a variety of cloud applications and platforms, you'll need a systemized deprovisioning procedure to ensure that each departing employee's access rights are removed.

Again, if you can't do it internally, don't be afraid to hire someone who knows how to set up, implement, and maintain this process properly.

 

5. Provide Anti-Phishing Training for Employees on a Regular Basis

 

 Through social engineering techniques like phishing, spoofing websites, and social media monitoring, hackers can get access to secure information by stealing employees' login credentials.

For example, the rapid growth of Microsoft Office 365 has made it a very appealing target for hackers; more and more risks are occuring, particularly phishing assaults, are appearing.

The best approach to prevent employees from falling prey to these scams and jeopardising your company's critical data is to provide continual training.

 

6. Consider Cloud-to-Cloud Backup Solutions

 

As mentioned earlier, the chances of you losing data because of a cloud provider's error are extremely low - but the chances of you losing data due to human error are extremely high.

As an example, consider Microsoft Office 365.

If an employee deletes data by accident, a hacker acquires an account password and corrupts the data, or a rogue employee deletes his inbox and folders, Microsoft has no recourse after a specific amount of time has passed.

It's worth noting that most cloud providers, including Microsoft, keep erased data in their data centres for a limited time, which includes your Microsoft Office 365 data.

However, verify with your cloud provider to see what this time frame is and if there are any fees associated with restoring that data (when it's possible to retrieve it.)

Cloud-to-cloud backup solutions are becoming increasingly popular among businesses that must comply with rigorous rules or are concerned about being held accountable due to missing or corrupted data.

There are a lot of these solutions on the market today that may help you safeguard your organisation, so go to a trustworthy IT consultant to figure out which one is right for you.

Summary

In general, cloud computing is a far more cost-effective choice, and it is unquestionably more safe if proper measures are taken.

Following industry standards in cloud service selection, installation, provisioning, and management will help you get the most out of cloud computing while still ensuring that your critical data is protected.

Experienced IT professionals can assist you in developing and budgeting  a comprehensive cloud computing strategy that connects all the dots, as well as providing ongoing monitoring to ensure your security.