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Securing the Cloud

Best practices for securing data in the cloud

As business applications and services continue to move to the cloud, and the number of remote workers rises, securing and controlling access to cloud-based services has become increasingly challenging. Once these cloud-based infrastructures and services are no longer secured, making sure added controls are in place alongside established policies is crucial to reducing the risk exposure.

Our latest paper, written in conjunction with Rivington Information Security, looks at the challenges faced by organisations when moving services and data to the cloud. The paper also explores what steps organisations should take to overcome these challenges.

The challenge

Many organisations may have mature Identity and Access Management (IAM) solutions in place that protect internal systems. Yet, as the rapid adoption of cloud increases, many are using existing policies to secure the cloud. This is not an effective way of dealing with the problem and the cloud must be seen for what it is – a completely different issue which requires its own set of policies and controls. 

Risks and threats

In order to protect their services, many cloud providers have their own security controls in place. However, organisations must be aware that it is their responsibility to protect their own data in the cloud. The security controls provided to end-users are limited, if existent at all. Below are some of the most common risks faced by organisations:

  • Poor identity and access governance and management
  • Data breaches caused by poor credentials and identity management and procedures 
  • Unsecure user interfaces and API
  • Compromised accounts
  • Insider threats

These risks can be reduced by the implementation of an IAM solution. However, whilst an IAM solution reduces these threats, unless it’s combined with a mature strategy and the correct processes, the reduction of risk will be far less.

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