Cloud computing is the delivery of different services through the internet. These resources include tools and applications like data storage, servers, databases, etc. cloud computing is a popular option for many people and businesses as many of its advantages such as cost saving, increased productivity, speed and efficiency. However, even though it has many advances, sometimes the users also meet with some uneasy threats that always exist in this area.
The question here is how do we protect our customers’ data from those risks?
Firstly, we have to identify them first, let’s take a look on some emerging cloud computing threats we have here:
Poor Access Management: One of the primary threats to cloud storage systems is not features themselves, but rather a result of the way that companies use them. The rising number of cloud providers with large free services drives down the costs, and encourages more and more companies to move all of their data to the cloud. In many cases, this is done without carefully thinking of access policies, as it’s a good environment for hackers, and attackers to act, the risk of losing data is very high. The solution we need is to limit the access to the user’s data by building an efficient access management system which includes strict access policies with a set of authentication, and identity verification tools.
Data Breaches & Data Leaks: Data breaches and leaks are more of a threat in cloud systems than in those managed in-house. This is due to a large amount of data flowing between employees and cloud systems, which can be intercepted by hackers looking for weaknesses in your system. To prevent this, you should invest in the right tool that is efficient in protecting users’ data, keep all your programs updated, train your employees to recognize the risks that can attack your systems, and how to avoid meeting them.
Data Loss: It’s another issue that plagues cloud systems. After moving your business processes to the cloud, the amount of data you store can quickly grow to an unmanageable size, which makes backups difficult and expensive. Not performing regular backups turn out to be a threat if there is a rise of ransomware attacks, in which a hacker will encrypt your cloud storage and payment for returning data to you. To deal with this kind of attack, you need to use the right program and infrastructure to organize your data from the start, and design a stable backup system to assist you in managing your data.
Misconfigured Cloud Storage: Misconfiguration is caused by the lacking of data management which can lead to data being left unsecured. Some companies don’t change the default security settings on their cloud storage, and others allow data to be stored in large and confusing structures in which it’s easy to leave particular files unprotected. Most people ensure that the cloud storage is configured correctly will be the responsibility of the cloud storage vendor, and they seek assurances that have been set up correctly. However, we should have an understanding not only of our cloud storage system, but also all the systems that we use alongside it, that could compromise its security.
Poor Infrastructure: It refers to a lack of separate access levels in your account. For example, your staff in the training department can access the design bureau’s data whereas they don’t need that kind of document. This happens because there are no restrictions built into who can see and access the data in question. To solve this issue, you should create a comprehensive profile about who can see what information, and restrict the access to each type of data. This method can well protect your company data from unnecessary leaking and from hackers as well.