Anyone who keeps up with technology-based news likely knows how common data breaches are among modern businesses. While a large swath of these businesses has turned to cloud-based solutions to improve productivity, encourage savings and allow for scalability, many business owners still worry that these solutions are less secure than having on-premises data centers might be. Unfortunately, any computing environment can be vulnerable without taking steps to prevent data breaches from occurring. To help simplify the process, here are five tips to secure your data in the cloud.
Review Existing Cloud-Based Apps
While you likely know what cloud-based apps are most important to your business, do you know which threats these applications may be creating? A business should consider whether apps encrypt data stored as part of the SaaS and separate that data from other companies to limit exposure when a shared server has a breach. Knowing these factors can help determine how “at-risk” a particular cloud-based application may be.
Migrate to High-Quality Apps
One of the most significant benefits of cloud-based solutions is that switching to new applications is inexpensive and incredibly easy. However, before making the shift to new apps, it is essential to research them thoroughly or work with a vendor to determine whether they are high-quality enough to protect against data breaches. The critical thing to remember is that you no longer need to settle for sub-par software, and you have more options than ever!
Track Your Data Through the Cloud
Businesses need to understand the path their data takes when traveling through the cloud. Any weakness in this chain could result in a potential data breach and an end to keeping your data secure. If possible, have your IT team review any uploads, downloads or resting data from apps to determine if any potential personally identifiable data or unencrypted confidential data is leaking. If found, this could signify more layers of security are needed.
Review User Activity for Guidance
Once you understand your cloud-based apps, it is also essential to understand how users interact with them. To achieve this, a business should learn what applications their employees are using to share content and look for other apps that could potentially be used to share content as well but might not be leveraged currently. Knowing what is being shared, what channels are being leveraged, and possible security impacts can help determine what policies should be in place.
Apply a Granular Policy for Risk Mitigation
One common-sense policy adaptation that businesses can make is to take a granular approach to data security. Under this method, a company can block the upload of sensitive information covered under certain privacy acts. This can also limit downloading specific files containing personally identifiable data from Human Resource applications or temporarily block access to applications with a known vulnerability.
Work with a Third-Party Security Team
Small Enterprise Technology (SET) provides security and compliance services that utilize integrated antivirus solutions and End Point Detection and Response (EDR) to actively monitor, manage and update client devices. Ultimately, this ensures that your business remains as protected and secure as possible. To learn more about how SET can help your business stay protected from phishing attempts, call us at (918) 965-0045 or contact us today!