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What you need to know about cloud security?

At any given moment, there is a massive amount of data being transmitted across networks. The world has certainly been reduced to nothing more than a global village, all thanks to the World Wide Web. It has become fairly easy to connect to someone sitting in another corner of the world. When we are connected online, we are, in many ways, putting ourselves at risk as well. Maybe you are going on Google to quickly look up something. Or you’re logged in on Facebook all day and occasionally check in from time to time to keep yourself updated about what’s happening around you. Harmless, right?

Come on, think about it. Through the various social networking sites, you’re putting your personal information out there – information like your name, your phone numbers, addresses and so on.

Similarly, when you purchase something online using a credit or debit card, you are actually giving up your card details. Now, that’s information that can be used against you. Remember, cyber trolls and bullies are forever on the prowl; they are always on the lookout for vulnerable people who would be easy to fool. So what makes you an easy target? Most of us tend to use cloud for storing our data. Although cloud computing development claims to be perfectly secure, there is nothing called “perfectly safe” on the internet. Data is still data, and that certainly makes you vulnerable. Let’s get down to the facts, shall we?

  • If you didn’t know this already, there are three kinds of cloud environment that exist. A private cloud which is a whole lot more secure, a public system and a dedicated system. Now both systems have their own sets of advantages and disadvantages. Moreover, there is a reason why the categories are differentiated; each kind is expected to deal with a certain workload and has a fixed capacity. Now most organizations tend to use the public cloud since it provides storage options at cheaper rates. All that’s fine, but doesn’t that threaten your security? Of course, the security in this case isn’t going to be as efficient as in the case of a public system.
  • There is something called a shadow IT initiative, which is becoming all the more prominent now. Basically, the cloud systems are developed by these initiatives, which to put it lightly, aren’t all that reliable. Moreover, since these initiatives could care less about security. At most, they might contain a basic security system which is definitely not what you want for your data. Also, these initiatives are being developed by a bunch of people who don’t really know what they’re doing. Is that the kind of people you want to trust your data with?
  • There is a general tendency towards outpacing cloud teams. Basically, the aim is to bring in as much business possible in less time. When the initiatives are entirely driven by such goals, you can rest assured; security is the least of their concerns. Think about it. Ensuring optimum security means that you would have to develop a solid system, run tests, check its performance, check for glitches, and work on them if detected and so on. Now that makes it a lengthy procedure – one that requires you to invest sufficient time and money. Most organizations wouldn’t bother to do so and are glad to be done with it as soon as possible.
  • As far as public cloud is concerned, the security measures taken today are still governed by age old traditions and remediation tools with endpoint monitoring. Now these tools may have proven to be effective in the past; but with changing times, the threat to internet safety is also increasing day by day. Isn’t it only sensible that one adapts to the changing times by adapting the newer and more developed tools that can protect a public cloud? Remember, public cloud always requires extra security; thus it is important to implement the latest tools and technology to get the best results.
  • Security has largely been carried out manually as far as cloud is concerned. But remember, cloud environments are constantly changing and evolving. With changes taking place at such a rate, it is important to keep yourself up to date. It might be difficult to keep up with the pace; naturally, it is challenging to come across tools and personnel who are experienced and trained enough to handle something as complicated and sensitive as cloud security.
  • Most cloud manufacturers are now becoming complacent. They are so bent upon introducing newer and more exciting features into the environment that cloud security seems to take a backseat. Security, which should have been a priority, is secondary now.

These are some things you need to keep in mind next time you back your data up on to the cloud – facts which have been kept away from you for so long, but no more.


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