In today’s landscape, cyber security has become an important topic for companies that are aware of the watchful eye of the cyber criminals and want to do everything they can to avoid becoming a victim.
Cloud-based technologies have been around for a while, but some companies are still new to this way of doing business – which means they’re still discovering best practices as they relate to cyber security. While some organizations adopt threat detection solutions, others lack a plan for how to respond to incidents. A more uniformed approach is required for a timely response to threats, and this is important because the longer the wait for a response to an incident, the more damage can be done.
To protect yourself from threats, it helps to know exactly what they are. When cyber criminals target cloud systems, they are basically exploiting remote cloud applications: that’s their window in. It’s often the case that the threat can go undetected via this manner for quite some time – long enough to get everything they want out of your data and possibly corrupt it.
Another window to your data is a misconfigured server. For example, the worst offenders have open administrative dashboards that don’t require authorization. And when a server is misconfigured, there isn’t much complexity involved with gaining access to the data, which means you’re making it easy for cyber criminals to have their way with your information.
Among the more common misconfiguration mistakes include unencrypted AMIs, EBS encryption turned off, S3 bucket encryption turned off, VPC flow logs not enabled, and the EC2 security port is misconfigured.
Did you know you’re responsible for your cloud security? Sure, the provider is going to have protections on their end, but you also need to be cognizant of safe practices in migrating data and using cloud-based applications.
You need to choose the right cyber security tools: the ones that work for your specific needs and work across all your cloud environments. These tools should include automation, which can help you respond to incidents quickly and effectively. Another weapon in your arsenal should be threat intelligence, which will help you stay flexible in your security approach as cyber criminals evolve.To get a better grip on your approach to cyber security, reach out to us at AMD Communications. We can put you in touch with cloud services that will meet all your daily and long-term goals as well as give you a layer of protection that keeps the cyber criminals at arm’s length.