Top cloud security concerns

Top Cloud Security Concerns For The Enterprise

Cloud adoption for both the consumer and enterprise is soaring. In fact, 97% of organisations are actively adopting cloud services in some form, whether this is public, private, or a combination of the two, whilst the average company now uses up to 1427 cloud-based apps and services.

It's Easy To See Why Cloud Is A Popular Choice

Cloud adoption is surging throughout the enterprise, with organisations readily pursuing it due to great features, including:

Access

Accessibility – Cloud storage provides an opportunity for organisations to access information anytime, anywhere. This means that previously static workers are able to work on-the-go, improving productivity. Learn more about mobile working here.

Cost

Cost-reduction – Using a pre-existing shared service can sometimes reduce a business’ operational costs, as it eliminates the need to purchase and maintain equipment in order to run a large data centre. Plus, these data centres are run and managed by the provider, freeing up IT teams.

Scalability
 

Scalability – Businesses can scale up or scale down quickly to suit your situation, allowing flexibility as your needs change.

Continuity

Business continuity – Having your data stored in the cloud ensures it is backed up and protected in a secure and safe location. Being able to access your data again quickly allows you to conduct business as usual, minimising any downtime and loss of productivity.

Collaboration

Collaboration efficiency – Collaboration in a cloud environment gives your business the ability to communicate and share more easily outside of the traditional methods. Cloud computing can give employees access to the same files so that it is easier and faster to collaborate.

Updates

Access to automatic updates – Your system will be updated more regularly than compared to on-premise solutions, meaning you always have the latest software.

Convenience Should Not Encourage Complacency

Whilst adoption doubtlessly brings with it a number of benefits to the doors of the enterprise, these benefits are also accompanied by a number of concerns which must be addressed. Failure to do so could see companies facing serious problems.

Security

Cloud computing highlights a series of security concerns which businesses should be aware of:

Data Security

Prior to the arrival of cloud computing, corporate information was kept safely behind the office firewall. With mobile working seeing the traditionally static employee leaving the office and working on-the-go, business data is in the open and more vulnerable.

Privileged credentials are increasingly being seen in cyber-attacks, with 74% of data breaches now starting with their use. Failure to implement more secure measures than the simple username and password (and to a degree, the easily exploitable two-factor authentication (2FA)), opens organisations up to the very real threat of hackers and cyberattacks.

Third-Party Responsibility

By the very nature of cloud computing, some corporate data will be in the hands of a third-party, outside of the company. It’s extremely important to evaluate the security held by a vendor before proceeding to entrust them with secure information.

Shared Responsibility

Cloud security is the responsibility of both the cloud provider and the client. Cloud providers have standardised procedures which secure their side, but granular control is the responsibility of the client. This includes key security protocols, including password protection, restricting access to files and devices, and multi-factor authentication (MFA). It’s important that neither side omits their responsibilities, as the result could be the compromise of corporate data.

Data Loss

Cloud models are a powerful way to allow end-users to work remotely, but what happens when users start uploading files and information to the cloud? It’s not uncommon for organisations to neglect ensuring they have a Data Loss Prevention (DLP) software in place, putting data at risk, whether it be lost or stolen.

Compliance

 Cloud solutions can raise the question of compliance for many companies. Some industries are heavily regulated, and the use of a public cloud may have far too much risk associated with it to comply. Healthcare, financial services and more must be extremely careful in their use of public cloud services, as possession of their often-sensitive customer data would now sit with a third-party.

How Can We Help?

Cloud computing provides a multitude of benefits for the enterprise and, by securely implementing relevant measures, businesses can take full advantage without sacrificing security.

Netskope provides customers with 360-degree data protection that guards data wherever it is. Cloud and web traffic is inspected to ensure that there is 100% coverage for users on premise, mobile, and remote. Netskope eliminates blind spots, quickly targeting and controlling activities across thousands of cloud services and millions of websites.

SecureAuth’s Intelligent Identity Cloud service enables a broad range of multi-factor authentication methods and delivers dynamic threat intelligence to identify fine-grained signals that indicate a potential risk. This ensures that access to cloud services is only granted to relevant personnel, with any potential risks seeing security protocols elevated or access blocked, all without impacting the user experience.

Mobliciti offers fully managed cloud services, giving our customers the security and control of an on-premise delivery, with the reduced operational overhead and scalability of a cloud service. Complete security solutions for beyond the traditional network perimeter provide Identity & Access Management, Multi-Factor Authentication, Office 365 and Email Security, Web and Cloud Access Security solutions.

We work with you to identify your primary business challenges and then with our fully flexible managed services we design a Managed Service to suit your needs. This includes reporting, proactive monitoring & alerting, customisable Service Level Agreement, dedicated delivery experts and 24×7 Managed Services Support.

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