The cloud contains concentrations of private company data and applications that are accessible from anywhere. It’s a great convenience for businesses today, but if disrupted in some way, sensitive business data and information is exposed, potentially causing a massive negative impact on a company. If an organization’s cloud system is poorly designed, a hacker can find a way to get immediate access to private data and information for your customers, employees, and private business items. But how do you know if there are holes in your cloud security infrastructure? Consider these primary cloud security threats released by the Cloud Security Alliance and how you can safeguard against them:
Data Breach or Loss
Data breach and data loss have grown to become one of the most serious threats against cloud computing. Business owners have a right to be cautious, as a mistake or attack can send all their customer and corporate data into the hands of competitors or thieves. To combat this, advanced encryption tools are put in place to protect any data at rest. However, cloud systems usually make copies of data to prevent losses like this, which carries risk as the more copies made, the more exposure there is for a breach.
The cloud brings the need to make services available to billions while removing the damage anonymous users bring. To do this, application programming interfaces (APIs) are used to define any third party connections and requires verification for access. Weak APIs and interfaces put companies at significant risk for security issues, confidentiality, and integrity. However, APIs can be designed to protect from accidental and malicious access. High-end encryption services prevent unauthorized usage to certain applications and information based on a set privilege level.
The cloud relies on shared infrastructure, so if an application or operating system becomes misconfigured it can result in massive information compromises. An in-depth communication policy is recommended to ensure proper use of shared information. These strategies include guidelines for all cloud services, networking, application use, and access processes. Additionally, monitoring helps to control any destructive behaviors within the policy.
Being educated and prepared is paramount with cloud service implementation. Many companies jump into cloud computing without understanding the full scope of the services. Organizations need to educate themselves on how to respond to incidents, encryption services like APIs and their security monitoring options. Without this knowledge, companies unknowingly put themselves at unknown levels of risk.
Cloud computing offers a tremendous amount of convenience and benefits for an organization. When used correctly with the appropriate safeguards in place, it can dramatically improve the business’s ability to reach goals and objectives.