At the beginning, cloud computing was introduced to an Internet of Things on a much different scale than that of today. The cloud space has grown significantly and new players have entered the field, opening doors for other organizations to work with and compete with one another. However, as the space continues to grow, the cloud has its fair share of security issues that users need to be aware of and prepared for. Inherently, it will run into similar, and sometimes even the same, security issues that have existed even before cloud computing existed. In the name of security, every step you can take to ensure it is worth it.
Let’s explore the three biggest cloud security issues and what to do if/when we should ever need to face them.
First issue: Data loss and inefficient data back up.
Data loss and inefficient data back up should be a priority to avoid, as it can cause a major security issue. It opens the door to ransomware, in which your data could be encrypted and held until a ransom is paid. Instead of leaving the door open for this sort of issue, it is worth the time to back up your data and avoid this issue. To ensure the integrity and security of customers and that of the own company, policies and procedures should be set and carefully followed to avoid this security issue.
Second issue: Distributed-Denial-of-Service Attacks.
A Distributed Denial-of-Service (DDoS) attack involves multiple compromised systems that attack a specific target, such as a server or a website. As multiple systems attack the target, they flood and overwhelm it with traffic. This results in the target either experiencing significant issues with functionality or even a shut down. As cloud computing, also known as the cloud become popular, it was difficult to imagine the possibility of a DDoS attack. However, because there are so many devices and systems connected to the Internet of Things nowadays, this type of attack has unfortunately become possible. In order to secure yourself against these attacks, you can fortify your network architecture in the following ways: place servers in different data centers, have diverse paths for the data centers, and make sure that your data centers is situated on different networks.
Third issue: Data breaches.
Data is susceptible to security issues when a system is left vulnerable, which can lead to a significant problem: a data breach. During a data breach, someone who should not have seen it in the first place sees sensitive, protected or confidential data. And this is the best-case scenario. A data breach can also include the data being copied, transmitted, stolen or even used. If an organization encounters a data breach, it is a sure way to take a hit. Employees, customers and the public can be affected. To avoid data breaches, there should be complete security measures implemented for managing and controlling all aspects of cloud services and the included data. Identity management to ensure only authorized people have access is key, as well as physical security for physical hardware. It is critical to work with third-party platforms that can help maintain a secure infrastructure, but even more so vital to keep protocols up to date and incorporate network monitoring solutions to add a helping hand.
Security is vital when implementing the Cloud, therefore there are many online platforms that offer cloud training courses and can help you to learn more about topics such as security intelligence in the Cloud. These courses could help provide more information on security, and how to strengthen it for your own cloud computing activities. More companies are recognizing the possibilities that the Cloud offers, but security remains one of the most important, if not most important, steps for a strong foundation. Stay informed, aware and prepared to do your part to avoid running into these security issues.
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