Cloud storage is being adapted more and more into society. Your data, documents, photos, etc. are no longer being kept in files that are using up all the space in your computer, but they are sent to a cloud, allowing you to access them from any device as you need them. If your hard drive was to fail, or there was some other malfunction to your hardware, you’d know that you can still access your data through an internet link.
But is it safe? Is all your data just a predictable password away? If you are worried about it, and you should be, there are things you can do to keep your data and online resources safe. Read on to find all the details.
You could gain a security gap anywhere in your cloud and if they aren’t found and closed, that is an open door for cyber-attacks. The best way to avoid these gaps is to perform penetration tests. A penetration test will search for these gaps by throwing everything at the wall and seeing what gets through. It uses the same tools and techniques that a cyberattack might employ in an attempt to breach the security.
There are clouds that will perform these penetration tests themselves, but if yours doesn’t you should make sure that they are performed regularly to uncover any new gaps in your cloud security.
Manage access control
The problem with cloud access on a business or corporate level, is that you have a lot of people accessing your data or company resources, and they could be using any network.
Using a VPN will keep your data safe while employees are working from home, or while travelling, all leaving the door to your data open for hackers to get in. When a VPN is used to access private cloud networks, you can block and allow access to those who need it and if you see an anomaly, or your employees device is stolen, or they switch jobs, you can block access to that device.
A corporate or business VPN also offers end-to-end encryption so that no one can get in while accessing your cloud. This is important if your employees are working while travelling and using a lot of public Wi-Fi since hackers can use an unsecured Wi-Fi connection to distribute malware.
Monitor your cloud
While the traditional means of avoiding attacks was to defend against threats while they are attacking, that isn’t sufficient nowadays. Cloud attacks need to be stopped before it has the chance to attack. The tricky thing about cloud attacks is that threats can hide in your cloud and strike at the perfect moment.
Use tools to look at the cloud speed, to make sure it is running correctly, security that might be running security fixing dispatches, and application performance that might be using up the cloud’s resources to be sure that everything is running as it should.