Securing Your Cloud: Tips to Prevent Misuse of Tech

What do Apple, Amazon and Microsoft have in common? Answer: These three giants of technology, considered the most important cloud providers (cloud computing), have had their services attacked by hackers. Corporate users with little experience on the cloud platform run a higher risk of suffering from cyberattacks, due to the drastic change in the technological environment. If your company is taking part in the recent adoption of this technology, check out the following protective recommendations to be followed by companies that need to manage users, data and security on remote servers. 

1. Know Your Place

There are three main segments in the implementation of any service in the cloud: the cloud provider, network service provider and the company. Once the cloud should be treated as an extension of the central company data, the questions arise: can a common set of services and security policies to be applied in all three segments? What are the security issues? 

When selecting your cloud provider, ask what kind of security services they offer, and how it works with hybrid systems. The cloud is a dynamic environment and requires constant updates in its security architecture to keep fight the latest threats. 

2. New Applications, New Reinforcements

Ready to move an application to the cloud? First, consider new ways to strengthen security. For measures to filter access to cloud applications, have a granular pattern of access to information, with privileges of restriction according to the user's level of access. This will add an extra layer of protection in case someone steals the keys to login to your team. To strengthen the login process, consider implementing a two-step authentication, which confirms the user’s authenticity with use of unique codes that are generated for each access. 

3. Adopt Encryption

Encrypting information is one of the most important security implementations for the cloud and should be required due to the heavy traffic of files and e-mails being sent back and forth day to day. You can protect your business and save your company from significant data breaches with dense encryption software. Ask your cloud provider for data encryption schemes. Discover how to encode your information. To understand what kind of information should be encrypted, it helps to know where it is - whether on servers of your cloud provider, outsourced servers, employee laptops, office computers or USB memory. 

4. Struggling with the Virtual

The move to the cloud allows companies to reap the benefits of virtualization, but a virtual environment presents challenges for data protection. The main problem has to do with the management of security and data traffic on leased equipment and virtual machines. 

Physical security devices are not designed to handle the information that is in the cloud. Virtual security devices are what ensures the safety of traffic from one virtual machine to another. These devices are built to handle the complexities of running many applications. If you are building your own private or hybrid cloud, consider adding virtual security products. 

5. Do not be in the dark with the Shadow IT

There are many reports that indicate how the unauthorized use of applications / services (so-called Shadow IT) cloud grows in companies. This lack of control generates security threats and management challenges. Your new cloud application may be at risk. Visualize a simple scenario in which your employees use their smartphones to open a document. This could result in that same file being sent to an unauthorized location, such as a personal backup drive during the phone's daily backup routine. Sensitive information for your company was transferred to a non-secure location. 

The most effective way out is to educate users about the use of technology to understand what kinds of situations can arise and cause issues. Encryption, network monitoring and tools for security management can help defend against malicious attacks or even blatant misuse of company software and information.