February 5, 2021

Staying Secured by Keeping Hackers Away from Accessing Cloud Data

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Securing Cloud assets is an essential objective for modern IT, unfortunately, it has become harder for organizations to maintain the transition to remote work as they not just need to provide access to the cloud for remote employees but also secure them against unwanted threats.

Cloud computing is a widely preferred platform across organizations. The liberty to access it anytime, anywhere using any device allows firms to operate continuously. Although cloud service is exceptionally convenient, organizations must be aware that data might be compromised if companies don’t take appropriate measures.

The vast collection of raw and processed data in the cloud attracts potential hackers to access and exploit the information which hampers the organization’s reputation as well as its potential to continue the business.

Now when the critical workloads are on corporate clouds, the possibility of cyber attack is more and easy if not taken care of. Employees from different locations accessing multiple tools and applications using personal or company-owned devices, the necessity to secure database, applications, services and devices is essential. 

Challenges in Cloud Data Security:

As data in the public cloud is stored by third party applications/tools and accessed over the internet, various challenges arise with context to maintain a secure cloud, that is: 

Access to cloud data and applications:

Users have the ability to access cloud data using personal (BYOD) or Company-Owned devices, traditional methods of securing data center networks are no longer effective.

Cloud-native breaches:

Data breaches in the cloud are unlike on-premise breaches, a cloud-native breach is a series of actions in which they “land” their attack by exploiting errors or vulnerabilities in the cloud deployment.

More Responsibility with the transition:

The transition to cloud computing has of course provided an advantage by eliminating unwanted expenses, on-demand resources, and improving productivity. Traditional methods like VPN can only allow secure tunnels to access resources in the cloud, however when it comes to cybersecurity, organizations are now implementing Zero Trust Network Access which follows the “Never Trust, Always Verify” protocol for every access attempt to the cloud.

Unlike traditional VPN technology, with Zero Trust users can access only those applications they are allowed to use.
Misconfiguration could lead to a threat:

IT managers consider misconfiguration as the biggest cloud threat, misconfiguration happens when software or computing resources are set up wrong. Since there is no event to track or analyze sudden mishaps, gaps in configuration leave accounts wide open to malicious activity. 

Misconfiguration could be stopped if organizations start being deliberate with the cloud service providers they choose. It’s evident to go with providers that offer redundant internet connections, kill switches, and easy integration with your company’s ports and protocols.

Gaining visibility through the cloud

As companies are now expanding their solutions and services for customers and employees who work remotely, solutions that unify the cloud with a single security solution are now available. SASE (Secure Access Service Edge) is a bundle of security and networking tools that help IT teams to manage their networks, public and private cloud from a single touchpoint. This enables companies to function smoothly without worrying about data theft and focusing more on their goals and objectives. 

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