How Do I Ensure Cloud Security in Your Business? - Stefanini

How Do I Ensure Cloud Security In Your Business?

Migrating to the cloud is a great digital transformation strategy for all businesses. However, it is critical to have a robust infrastructure focused on cloud security to ensure data and information protection. This structure is essential as the cloud is composed of different layers. When structured properly, the hosted data and information can be distributed across multiple servers. Therefore, it is important to opt for a reliable and secure cloud that meets global security standards.

Cloud security pivots around a set of strategic actions and technologies aimed at protecting the data, applications and infrastructure that make up the cloud. The technology keeps cloud-stored information confidential, preventing loss, data theft, leaks, and other security issues.

Businesses who want to ensure complete cloud security will need to invest in a variety of resources and tools to enable a good cloud protection framework. However, you will also need to deploy simpler security measures firsts. Good cloud security requires a correct understanding of the environment, as well as its own infrastructure, access hierarchy, access levels, among others.

This understanding is fundamental to knowing and apprehending any potential risks or threats, as these will define the resources and technologies needed to ensure protection. Therefore, customisation can also be part of this process to best meet the demands of each company.

Businesses should invest in the following features and applications for greater cloud security:

  • Denial of Service Protection (DDoS);
  • Edge protection with antimalware threat detection (firewalls);
  • Protection of applications for the internet (web application firewalls);
  • Well-defined access controls;
  • Multiple authentication factors;
  • Vulnerability management;
  • Cryptography.

What Are the Advantages of The Cloud for Enterprise Security?

Companies around the world are choosing to use the cloud for many reasons. Two of the most prominent are due to the increased information security that it can provide, and the comparatively small investment required to store large amounts of data. However, using the cloud provides a variety of other security advantages for your business, including:

Allowing Greater Control of Access to Information

All companies have data or information that they do not need or should have restricted access. Therefore, resources are needed to promote access control, limiting users who can interact with this information. The cloud security framework allows you to manage what each user can access within the system. In addition to promoting this access control, the cloud sends notifications when someone accesses or modifies a particular item.

Ensuring Global Safety Standards

The efficiency of cloud security infrastructure is determined by global security standards conferred through various certifications. There are many certifications, ranging from physical data centre facilities to documentation validation and compliance with provider’s internal security processes (such as Type 1 and Type 2 SOC certifications). Many certifications are dictated by your geography, including the EU, so with the right insight and technical expertise, you can aligned your cloud security with virtually every standard required by the market.

Using Cryptography

Encryption is one of the most popular data security strategies for businesses and for individuals, and everything indicates that it will become even more popular over time. The encryption process eliminates the risks of third parties accessing digital data and information. Encryption is also a good alternative, among other measures that must be taken, to maintaining data security against theft and leakage. The cloud uses this technology to enforce set security protocols, ensuring that data can only be accessed by authorised roles and services.

It Has Built In Scalability

Another advantage that the cloud offers businesses is its ability to deliver at scale. Cloud security can be easily expanded according to your business needs, whether for a set time or indefinitely. If it needs additional security items or other data, this can be implemented without difficulty. Additionally, the cloud offers a variety of security solutions that would be virtually unfeasible from a cost perspective if implemented in an on-premise environment.

Constant Updates and Optimisation

With the cloud, companies are also sure to have an always up-to-date security infrastructure. Cloud providers keep all their infrastructures as up-to-date as possible, ensuring that most known and emerging vulnerabilities are contained, providing more protection.

It’s important to understand that the cloud isn’t the only option for companies to store their data and information. On-premise environments created internally and maintained by the organisation itself are a viable option, but they may not offer the best results or return on investment.

This is due to several reasons, from the need to keep the physical space (data center) dedicated to the equipment, the complexity of maintenance; the costs of acquiring and renewing equipment, servers and the constant control and execution of your updates, to fundamental security issues. This can all increase the risk and vulnerability of your data and information, mainly because it is virtually impossible to pre-emptively develop the technology to beat virtual cyber-attacks which evolve constantly and quickly.

On-premise environments pose an even greater risk for data theft, leakage, loss and sequestration, and may break the confidentiality and privacy of companies, employees and even customers. Companies that use on-premises environments may also experience instances of infrastructure unavailability, either due to the lack of contingency planning and structure, or due to virtual vandalism, which aims to take operations off the air for their customers and cause financial damage.

From a security perspective, the cloud becomes much more advantageous because it follows most of the world’s best practices and standards (if not all of them) and ensures the fulfilment of the main pillars of information security, which are the reliability, integrity and authenticity of everything that is stored.

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