Ask any one of the many cybersecurity companies today and they will tell you that Cloud service providers (CSPs), as convenient as they can be, open some frightening doors for cybercriminals. If you’re planning on using a CSP or if you have already moved your data over, here are some best practices to follow to keep your information secure.
One of the big risks about using a CSP is the amount of data a hacker can get access to. Using multi-factor authentication to identify users within your system is a good way to combat against this type of attack since it requires multiple identifiers before granting access.
For data that you will not need immediate access to, use the encryption capabilities typically offered by most CSPs. This can prevent it from disclosure. However, it also puts information at risk of loss. Be sure that you properly manage encryption keys. This makes it so that your company is not locked out of its own encrypted data.
Cybersecurity companies know that one of the basic rules of any cybersecurity plan is to ensure that not all employees are not given the same level of access. Plan a set of roles and then limit the access. Make it so that not even individual developers or system mangers have uncontrolled access to resources. This can prevent attacks from either stolen credentials or from a malicious insider.
This might require a bit of homework. CSP-provided monitoring is not the same as the monitoring typically done with on-premise data. Be sure you understand how to use the tools your CSP provides to detect anomalies. Also, be sure that you know what is normal for your cloud deployment. You can also use a SIEM solution to effectively detect and prevent possible breaches.
CSP security can be complex. The nature of data that is accessed via the internet involves some vulnerabilities cybercriminals are always working to improve their tactics. But so are cybersecurity companies. If you are looking to boost the security of your company’s data, visit our website or contact us to learn more about our custom SIEM and other services.