Cloud solutions are more effective, reliable, and affordable -- but security can still be a concern. Cloud computing solutions need to be secured differently from traditional on-premise infrastructures, however. and securing them improperly can lead to significant issues. Here are some important tips for keeping your cloud computing solution secure.
Securing Your Cloud Computing Solutions
1. Get your team on board. Your employees are likely going to be your biggest security risk. Training, seminars, and lessons may all be necessary to ensure that they are current on modern security standards. When employees are trained in security procedures, they are more likely to be active and engaged with security maintenance.
2. Invest in identity management and authentication services. Cloud services are highly accessible and this can be a double-edged sword. In order to secure your cloud-service, you need to control your credentials. Identity management and authentication services should be used to secure the entirety of a system, so that a single log on is used and needed.
3. Always have a very clear chain of command. Employees should always be aware of their own responsibilities during a security event and the chain of command that flows above them. Employees are more likely to be responsive to security risks if they know exactly who is responsible for each security issue.
4. Invest in a layered security platform. A layered security platform will divide your organization's infrastructure based on priority, thereby ensuring that the most important items are behind multiple layers of security -- without compromising the performance of other components of the system.
5. Restrict permissions to those absolutely necessary. Every employee should have only the permissions that are necessary for them to successfully complete their work. When employees leave the organization, they should have their permissions changed -- and when they move from department to department, the same thing should happen. Restricting permissions isn't about trusting employees; it's about reducing the amount of damage should their login information fall into the wrong hands.
6. Encrypt files and backup files. Any copy of a company's files needs to be treated with the exact same level of security as the originals. Your cloud computing solution should encrypt all of its files and its backup files. Even if there is a security breach, the company will be able to recover.
Securing a cloud computing solution isn't as difficult as it used to be -- in fact, thanks to the extensive resources the cloud environment offers, it doesn't have to be difficult at all. CWPS can help your organization in building your security from the ground up, to defeat even the most persistent of cyber attacks.