Top Tips For Improving Cloud Computing Security
Our web applications are always going to be vulnerable to threats. In fact, studies have shown that a majority of attacks on the cloud are aimed at web applications.
If you’re struggling to keep your cloud safe, here are a few action items you can implement today.
Utilize authentication tools.
Creating a traditional username and password is no longer enough to keep your devices safe. That’s why multifactor authentication is essential for today’s working environment. With this method, users are not only asked to sign in, but provide additional credentials and backup information. It’s that extra layer of protection necessary to ensure you are who you say you are.
Set up authorization.
Multifactor authentication establishes who someone is, while authorization establishes what they are doing. Employees should only have access to applications and data that are required to do their job. Having authorization in place prevents someone from gaining access to unnecessary or sensitive information, and ensures that hackers are less likely to access the data. To set up authorization, you’ll need an identity and access management (IAM) solution. This provides a high level overview of who has access to what applications, and allows you to set up permissions by user or groups.
Now that you have systems set up for logging in and giving permissions, all activity will need to be monitored. With continued real-time monitoring, you’ll be able to see if users are taking part in suspicious activity, and fix issues in real time before it becomes a problem. As you monitor activity, it’s also important to log it afterwards. Logging data will prove that your safeguards are secure, and serve as a report for those who plan on accessing that data in the event of a data breach.
Eliminate unnecessary users.
The last thing you want is someone leaving your company and sharing confidential data. When employees are terminated, it’s crucial that they are removed from all cloud applications they had access to. Create a checklist of each area the person had access to, and assign someone to remove them effective immediately. A great solution for completing this task is an IAM solution, as it consolidates a user’s IDs and passwords into a single identity, allowing you to remove from all applications at once.
Follow GDPR guidelines.
Anyone that is required to follow GDPR guidelines knows how difficult it can be. These guidelines were set in place a few years ago in an effort to ensure that all customer data is being legally protected by the organization. Unfortunately, these guidelines can be difficult to understand and tricky to navigate. However, failure to meet the guidelines could result in huge fines, and increases the chances you’ll lose data. The most important aspects of following GDPR guidelines is controlling who has access to assets, and what their level of security is.
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