Cloud security may not be something you automatically think about within all the hype of cloud-based services and how convenient they are for storing data. Regardless, potentials are there for your data being stolen just as much as any other data storage method. You may be responsible for that security yourself if your business is using an on-site cloud system. And even outside cloud services should give you reassurances on what their security systems are doing to protect your valuable information.
The Problems with Passwords
It’s at the point now where signing in to a cloud with one password isn’t becoming secure enough. That’s because there’s still little care in creating passwords that are unique enough to not be guessed or stolen. The only way to work around this perpetual problem is to create a two-level password system where you have to authenticate with another source during log-in. Some software systems available that use this process will shut down the log-in screen if you can’t initially authenticate who you are.
While two-layer password systems can be a pain, the extra time taken to ensure security is worth every added minute.
Dealing with the Firewall
Firewalls can also have some vulnerabilities, mainly in confusion of how to configure it so it operates efficiently. You likely have past experience with that on your old desktop computer and remembering when you had to manually adjust settings to avoid firewall blocks. It’s no different with cloud firewalls, which are even more complex. If you decide to put a firewall guard on every port, it could lead to delays in accessing certain data when you need it. That’s why you need to work with your IT team to open only the ports that you need to have open like for the IT administrator.
If you have an outside cloud service, let them explain to you the firewall they use to prevent cyber theft.
Not Keeping a Log of Events
For a busy company, it’s easy to forget about keeping a log of any kind regarding incidents you experience with your cloud service. Most security software comes with a log tool so you can keep up with events. If you don’t have this, your IT team needs to create a log so you can keep track of threats as well as keeping up with legal security requirements. The logs can be kept on a third-party server since writing them out by hand is no longer an option.
The Inconvenience of Encryption
Creating an encryption system on a cloud may be as time-consuming as the password issue. Nevertheless, it has to be done and can add the last layer of security if all of the above ever fail. Your only vulnerability is in not knowing that you have to encrypt data before it even gets placed on your cloud server. Encryption gateways are the best tools so various data can be encrypted in different ways, depending on how important that data is.