When it comes to cloud security, there are a number of areas where you have to make sure you have full protection. The top areas of vulnerability are those that expose more attack surfaces and present the greatest drain on time and resources.
Data Breaches in the Cloud
Reason: Poor authentication standards, weak passwords or limited certificate management processes leave your company more susceptible to a data breach.
Action: Institute clear guidelines about passwords. Consider implementing two-factor authentication for all areas where you access sensitive data. Manage your software certificates so that no one is working on a pirated or expired certificate.
Hacked Interfaces and APIs
Reason: Weak interfaces and APIs open up companies to confidentiality and accountability security issues. This tends to be the most exposed part of a system.
Action: Be aware that your backend systems could be exposed over the web, especially when you are creating web, mobile and cloud applications. Your backend systems could also be exposed when working with partner or third-partner developers of client applications. Have a multi-layered security solution in place to protect these interfaces and scan for breaches.
Reason: Unpatched systems and bugs that can be exploited are a huge issue for businesses who rely on the cloud.
Action: Vulnerability scanning and patching bugs should be an automatic and regular part of the schedule. Choose a security software that includes vulnerability assessment and patch management.
Reason: Direct attacks on businesses through Advanced Persistent Threats are as much of an issue with cloud services as they are on standard networks.
Action: Protect your system with a multi-layered security system that predicts, prevents, detects and responds to the most advanced threats.
Loss of Productivity
Reason: 60% of businesses that suffer a data breach find their ability to function severely impaired. With the number of attack surfaces that the cloud opens up, the risk of losing access to important data is high, as is the risk of employees losing time on the job.
Action: Backups and a centralized cloud management system are an invaluable defense to secure your data, protect your reputation, and help you to focus on your core business.
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