- December 14, 2017
- Posted by: DQ Media Team
- Category: Business, Security
HOW TO OVERCOME CLOUD SECURITY CONCERNS
Businesses are rapidly migrating towards cloud computing. Some of them are deterred from leaving the traditional methods of data storage and application development due to ‘Data Security Concerns in Cloud Computing’. These security concerns are not part and parcel of cloud service, as some may think, but it is a repercussion of inadequate security measures and underlying non-compliance issues. Reaping benefits from the cloud service should not come to a standstill for the lack of these security measures.
Let’s analyze some of the solutions to specific data security threats.
RISK ASSESSMENT AND ANALYSIS
Risk assessment and analysis can seem like a daunting task, but its importance cannot be stressed enough. Back up your important data with the help of a strong and capable IT department. Gather a team that can test the security of the systems regularly while utilizing skills to find loopholes in the system. Lay out long term strategies to tackle any future threats with extensive research.
Through risk analysis, you will be able to come up with methods to prevent attacks such as phishing, malware and a multitude of other attacks. Data risk management involves discovering threats, monitoring them to understand patterns to get insights, and managing these threats with extensive use of tools.
And, if your enterprise is ready to delve into the deeper and more advanced technologies like Simulations and Ensemble Models, a deeper understanding in Big Data Analysis is required.
NON-COMPLIANCE/ INSIDER THREATS
A company’s data is at risk when employees do not have awareness regarding security policies or when employees are able to access data that are not relevant to their department. Insider threats can involve accidental deletions or intentional stealing of data that can cripple an organization. Failure to define roles according to job competency while instilling a sense of responsibility and authority can create problems in data protection.
This problem can be resolved by installing security systems that can electronically detect identities and profiles by using Identity and Access Management (IAM) tools. These tools also impact data governance that ensures sharing of necessary information to relevant teams.
Hackers and malicious agents have come up with new methods to infiltrate an enterprise’s data stream. Cyberattacks like MitM (Man in the Middle) and online eavesdropping can take your enterprise to legal battles with customer trust and reputation damages.
Minimal data encryption should be ensured for any small enterprise and you can progress to better practices when the stakes are higher. First and foremost is an encryption with protocols such as SSL (Secure Socket Layer) which provide communications security for corporate data. Its new and improved version named Transport Layer Security (TLS) has now overtaken with significantly more security.
Furthermore, email communications can be made more secure through Secure/Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions (S/MIME). This can help to securely read and exchange all forms of data through email.
Organizations design their own APIs or utilize API development teams (like DataQuest) with high security cloud monitoring and orchestration. With the right APIs and interfaces, data security is enhanced. If not, risky files and penetration of data occurs that can harm other areas of the business.
Many organization opt to get cheap and easily available API which will cost them in the long run. It is not advised that organizations use third-party APIs that can breach security of inside data. These apps, if they are to be used, should undergo rigorous tests and code reviews. App key validation of incoming data and separating API development are some of the steps to be taken here.
Lack of proper authentication is one of the major reasons which create security breaches in an organization. Common mistakes like weak authentication and poor management of the system result in a breach. It is of absolute no use if cryptographic keys have open source codes that can easily be hacked.
There are many areas to be sealed in the case of authentication including multi-factor authentication, identity management, and lock-out. Obtain digital certificates from trusted sources and enforce mutual authentication. The method of Electronic Tamper Detection detects altercation of messages.
DATA REDUNDANCY CHECK
Ensuring data redundancy when storing data in the cloud will help you in the case of data loss from one location. Backup data in different repositories and networks and utilize options provided by the cloud service provider. This will help your enterprise to get back up on its feet should a disaster occur.
As you can see, there is not one but multiple ways in which data can be compromised in a cloud environment. As already mentioned, this should not be a cause of worry or deterrent with the right security strategy and processes.