The coronavirus pandemic has given rise to widespread cloud adoption. Many organizations are now leveraging cloud technologies to scale and manage their key applications and support their remote teams.
But because some businesses are keen on quickly boosting operations, they tend to overlook the risks associated with transitioning to the cloud. While rapidly adopting cloud solutions can be critical at this point, it’s equally essential to do so safely and securely.
To avoid significant repercussions, refrain from making the following security mistakes during cloud adoption:
Approaching cloud security the same way as on-premises security
Most businesses employ basic internal security protocols to protect devices and systems. Typically, IT teams secure on-premises networks using firewalls and perimeter-based solutions like intrusion detection systems (IDS) or intrusion prevention systems (IPS). These make it easy to manage incoming and outgoing network traffic. Unfortunately, many businesses falsely assume that these measures can also keep their cloud-based data safe.
The cloud differs from traditional IT infrastructures in that it’s highly connected and doesn’t have very firm boundaries. Traffic comes from every direction, and businesses can’t assume that their data will have a wall around it. This is why cloud service providers (CSPs) employ multiple security mechanisms — mostly pertaining to access — to ensure full control and protection over a company’s data.
It’s essential to consider carefully which of your data and processes will benefit most from cloud migration, and accordingly develop multilayered cybersecurity defenses.
Having insufficient cloud security knowledge and capabilities
Cloud security demands a specific set of skills and awareness beyond traditional security tools and strategies.
The key responsibility of an IT team is to protect and maintain the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of critical company data. When your business adopts the cloud, your team must understand the nuances of cloud architectures to deploy and manage cloud-native solutions effectively.
Not securing and restricting access to the cloud
Data access control is one of the simplest yet most effective ways to prevent security threats. Although cloud-based applications and platforms have their own access control solutions, these may not be sufficient for businesses in heavily regulated industries such as healthcare and finance.
It’s imperative to place access control systems that perform identification authentication and user authorization to monitor and safeguard your cloud-based data and applications. Limit employee access to resources necessary to perform their respective functions, and only allow key staff to access confidential information.
Not seeing security as a shared responsibility
Businesses often assume that CSPs will handle all aspects of data security once their resources are moved online. While providers purposely craft cloud solutions with multifaceted, holistic security in mind, this doesn’t absolve businesses of being responsible and accountable for their own data.
Cloud security isn't limited to the capabilities of online tools and platforms to safeguard your data — your people and processes also play a part in mitigating risks in today's heightened threat landscape.
Your employees must understand how to use cloud platforms properly. Teach them about basic cyberhygiene, and create policies that will guide them on how to handle data safely in the cloud.
A carefully thought-out cybersecurity plan will make it easier for your business to stay secure in the cloud. A managed IT services provider (MSP) like Wood Dragon IT can craft and implement a comprehensive cybersecurity strategy for your business and a security awareness training program for your staff. Read more about this here.
Failing to balance speed with risk mitigation
This is especially relevant now that the coronavirus pandemic has pressured companies to modify or completely rework their business models. While prompt adoption may be necessary, businesses must be wary of cybercriminals who prey on the vulnerabilities of businesses trying to overcome a crisis.
It’s crucial to balance your response plan’s speed and structure. Even if a situation requires an improvised solution, you shouldn’t ignore procedures and take shortcuts. It’s important to continue observing security best practices and risk management as your business transitions to the cloud.
Are you worried about the security of your current business environment? We at Wood Dragon IT can help you safely reap the benefits of cloud technology. Our tech experts can also configure your VPN, secure your remote sessions, troubleshoot and resolve IT problems remotely, and make sure your collaboration and productivity apps are working properly during these critical times. Call us now.