How do you know access control in the cloud is secure

Last Updated : June 29 2017

How do you know access control in the cloud is secure

by Mary Pressman 2017 June 29

Cloud computing may be a relatively new phenomenon for businesses and enterprises, but don’t you think it’s beginning to create new opportunities for data security for devices in the cloud?

We know that investing in cloud computing--and securing your own access to the cloud--can be a bit worrisome. No worries; this article will discuss how you can ensure that your access to cloud storage is secure and the complementary measures you can take to further bolster your data security.


How to know whether your cloud access is secure


When cloud computing entered the enterprise scene, it’s since provided organizations with a new and promising way to support their IT infrastructure and applications. And while many business owners still question whether it is a secure way to manage IT, organizations almost have no choice but to adapt to the changes that technology brings if they are to level the playing field. Annual global spending on cloud services alone is expected to increase by 19.4 percent. 

Why you need to choose the right security system

Studies agree that security is one of the main inhibitors to cloud adoption. With so many possible points of entry for attackers, cloud environments are believed to be at high risk of all kinds of breaches. While vulnerabilities like these do exist, having the right security system in place greatly reduces risk and surrounds your cloud infrastructure with a strong layer of protection that can make it less prone to attacks and breaches. While it is a lot easier to secure the perimeter of traditional, on-premise data centers, this isn't such an impossible feat as you adopt cloud computing.



What you can do to ensure data security in the cloud

Set up access control

Access control is an essential part of any security system. It is important that your database administrator knows exactly who can access what. Privileged users like members of your organization who has access to valuable intellectual property must receive a higher level of inquiry, scrutiny, and training on handling data and have stronger access control. Make sure, however, to know what to look for when it comes to access control installers.


Limit data access

Change users' access level to cloud data depending on the device they are using and the location from where they are accessing data. Set-up additional sign-in steps according to the context they are using protected data.


Adopt a risk-based approach to asset security

Did you know that among the top threats of cloud computing are data breaches, data loss, and account hijacking? Identify sources of highly sensitive and valuable data and put up extra encryption, monitoring, and overall higher protection around them.


Extend security to a device

Install patch management agents on devices so you can ensure that user devices are running on the latest software and thus, the highest level of security.


Provide overall network protection

This will allow for extra control with analytics and insights the kinds of content and applications users can access.

There are many benefits to cloud entry. Companies who are used to hosting their applications may find it very hard to give that up, but in the long-term, the cloud is likely to complement rather than replace existing traditional systems despite claims to the contrary. We are used to having some of our data stored online (e.g., e-mail, Dropbox, Google Drive). But as for storing everything online? I don't think we're about to experience a cloud revolution with everyone putting all their data in one big basket.

Mary Pressman
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