6 Consideration for Business Cloud Security

Protecting your business data and network security means having all your bases covered at all times. For internal networks, businesses do this by controlling access to the network itself. Everything inside the network is then protected through a combination of isolation and access monitoring. But times are changing and, therefore, so too must our security measures.

Today, millions of businesses and professionals have taken their workflow to the cloud. Cloud services make it possible to access tools, projects, and accounts from all over the world. Employees at home working remotely can log in with the same responsive and interactive access as anyone who is still tuning in from the office. Cloud services make a business mobile and flexible while also making a vast set of services and tools available beyond what is developed for your team in-house.

Of course, with great accessibility comes the need for greater security. The easier your business data is to access, the more control you need over that access to keep both the data and the shared accounts secured. Today, we’re here to spotlight the 6 key considerations for your business cloud security.

 

1. Cloud Provider Security and Trustworthiness

The first place to start with cloud security is your cloud providers. While companies can host their own cloud platforms, most businesses are taking advantage of the incredible selection of online platforms and services already optimized for the needs of modern business.  However, when you are hosting data on someone else’s servers and using another brand’s developed toolkit, their security is the equivalent of your security.

It is vital to choose only cloud providers that you can trust to maintain strong cybersecurity measures. Their servers must be secure with advanced layers of data protection. If the encryption and server defense of your cloud providers are not secure, then your business data and account access may not be secure.

When choosing a cloud provider, keep this potential risk in mind. Look for reliable brands and products with a reputation for valuing shared security. Know who to trust, work with security experts, and build a stack of cloud services that together are secure.

 

2. A Policy of Encryption in Transit

When moving private data between two points over the internet, encryption is the leading method of keeping the data safe. Because some hackers are skilled enough (or have the malware) to read skimmed bits in-transit, the only way to protect your data traveling outside a private network is to encrypt it from end-to-end. Because working on the cloud is – by nature- constantly moving private data over the internet, then encryption is an essential piece of cloud security.

Working with your cloud software providers, you must rely on them to use encryption every time your data is either stored or transported. This way, a hacker has little chance to steal valuable data even if they do gain access to the cloud provider’s servers.

When building or running your own cloud services, encryption is key to protecting all the stored data. Servers with encrypted files cannot be read without the right decryption program, even if databases are hacked into.

 

3. Security and Shared File Access

Even with encryption, shared file access is an important part of cloud security. One of the major benefits of moving to the cloud is that every team member can access and collaborate on the same files and in the same project at the same time. Of course, who gets access to the files and account security will determine just how secure your cloud-shared data truly is. A well-encrypted server with insecure access or login protocols is still porous as hackers can come in the “front door” and bypass the encryption security in favor of making usable data available for users.

For building or running a cloud service, file sharing and account access security must be absolute.

 

4. When You Need to Share a Group Password

Sometimes, password security can get complicated in cloud-shared projects. Depending on the cloud provider and how your team is sharing access, this can sometimes result in a shared group password. Shared passwords are rarely as secure as a person’s individual custom password. However, a shared password does give you the chance to write a strong password.

If your team must absolutely share a password, be sure to only share it securely and possibly let the cloud provider know that you would benefit from individual user accounts on a shared coordination account.

 

5. End-to-End Security Without Gaps Between Clouds

Among the largest potential problem with stacking cloud technology is the risk that the security measures won’t mesh in the middle. One cloud service might have great encryption and another might have diligent virus scanning. But if there’s even a few seconds where your data is not protected, there is a risk of a data breach. This is why your IIT team try to put together a secure cloud stack of software. It’s important not only to choose secure cloud providers, but also to configure your entire stack to connect at the junctions and create a secure end-to-end workflow.

 

6. Detecting Unauthorized Access to the Business Cloud

Last but certainly not least is access monitoring and control. Whether you’re isolated on a private workplace network or connecting dozens of remote employees on a cloud platform, access matters. Most of all, you want to know if employees are logging in under circumstances that could potentially be signs of a hack. Examples of what to monitor for include users logging in from suddenly distant locations, logging in at unusual times, and accessing files that an account never or shouldn’t be able to access.

No matter how good your cloud platform providers are, it’s always important to monitor how your files and accounts are being accessed. This is the final piece of your cloud security strategy.

Cloud security is made of a strong software stack, data security, and account security. Here at BWS Technologies, we specialize in helping businesses build a modern, mobile, and complete stack of software from your private network to your indispensable cloud services. Contact us to consult on your business’ cloud security strategy.