Preventing the Top 5 Threats in Cloud Computing

Preventing the Top 5 Threats in Cloud Computing

 

Utilizing the cloud to host your business data certainly has its benefits. But the cloud also poses some threats to your stored information. Hackers seem to be upping their game, and network security teams are sometimes unprepared. Below is a list of potential cloud computing threats and how you can handle them.

 

Data Breaches

Data breaches seem to be the norm these days but there are ways to prevent this. Cybersecurity attacks happen often which can result in loss of reputation, customers not trusting your business, and even legal action being taken against your business. What’s worse than your customers personal information being hacked into? To help fight against cyber security attacks you can tighten encryption protocols and make sure you put a fool-proof and efficient incident response plan in place.

Misconfiguration

Misconfiguration happens when computing assets are set up incorrectly. In turn, this leaves a vulnerability in place for malicious activity. Cloud based resources are complex and can be difficult to set up properly. Make sure you have an expert who can properly migrate you to the cloud and to set up security measures. Businesses should embrace automation software and utilize technologies that continuously scan for misconfigured resources to ensure the problems are remediated.

Lack of Cloud Security

Most businesses who use cloud computing for the first time are unfamiliar with shifting procedures from traditional to the cloud. More often than not they often ‘replicate’ their in-house IT solutions which in turn opens them up for cyber attacks. To prevent this, put proper, authentic security measures in place before the migration to the cloud and make sure it is always upgraded and up-to-date. 

Poor Access and Control Management

Failing to change passwords or coming up with easy passwords is a problem. Lack of multi-factor authentication and credential management protocols makes it easy for hackers to access your data. Ensure you put in strict identity control and access to data. Change passwords often and verify they aren’t easy to crack passwords. Also, make sure multi level authentication measures are in place.

Account Hijacking

Attackers target subscription and cloud services to gain full control over that particular account. This is a full compromise and poses severe implications to cloud users. The best way to prevent this is to implement identity and access management (IAM) controls. With IAM framework in place, information technology (IT) managers can control user access to critical information within their organizations.

In conclusion, the cloud can benefit you tremendously, but be cautious of the harmful attacks that can occur. Ensure you put the best security measures in place to prevent cyber attacks and data breaches. 

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