Do you have confidence in your cloud security plan? While it is true that tools for security have stepped up to ward off cyber criminals, there are still cloud risk factors that have to be addressed that security tools alone won’t solve.
Take Cybersecurity Insiders’ recent findings, titled “2019 Cloud Security Report”, as an example: cloud-related incidents rose by 10% last year. Account compromises, data exposures, and malware infections were the culprits in those incidents. This points to a need for cyber security teams to put a finer focus on their current strategies and to make changes as needed.
The number of organizations utilizing cloud-based solutions has doubled in the last four years. Those who successfully migrated to the cloud embarked on painstaking planning prior to making the move. They surveyed their infrastructure, took stock of all the cyber security applications used throughout the organization, and mapped out exactly how to proceed safely. Anything less than this level of commitment to pre-planning can be costly.
Without a thorough planning approach, there will be a lack of visibility that can lead to attacks and data leaks. A lack of visibility points to a lack of control in the cloud. Visibility is most certainly a problem for the vast majority of organizations. They often find out too late that their current security strategy doesn’t actually work in the cloud environment, which means they’re left scrambling to find solutions for problems created by adopting cloud solutions too early.
Cloud platforms, without adequate planning, can also lead to misconfigurations. In fact, misconfigured platforms become an open door for cyber criminals bent on accessing your information. Data leakage is among the biggest concerns for security professionals. With three-quarters of organizations utilizing business apps in the cloud, which means their sensitive data is there as well, there is a lot at stake. Considering the fines associated with leaking personally identifiable information — not to mention the damage to the reputation of the company when that occurs — a more robust approach to cloud security has to be adopted.
Responding to Threats
It’s not uncommon for an organization to be unaware they’ve been hacked. Some might have a false sense of security in their monitoring systems, never batting an eye if a red flag has not come up. Given the fact that cyber criminals are breaching organizations on a daily basis, if you’ve not been alerted to an anomaly, it’s probable that your system needs better tools.
Incident response is vital in limiting cyber security threats. With an advanced monitoring system, perhaps one that utilizes artificial intelligence, you can stay ahead and mitigate situations that can lead to massive problems.
At AMD Communications, we assist clients with game-changing cloud solutions. If you want to trim operational costs while gaining access to the latest cloud technology, we can help. We’ll help you increase productivity, which translates to profits, while also providing tools that will keep you safe in the cloud. Contact us and let’s discuss a new approach to cloud security.