How to develop an effective security strategy for cloud computing?

What are the security threats faced?
It is fair to say that when an enterprise moves its architecture and systems to a digital platform such as cloud computing, it expects to minimize time, disruptions and cost for smoother functioning. Such digital transformations are not the easiest.
While rapid growth in technology has redefined “success”, it is forcing businesses to adapt and fit in to make an impact. In this chaos, one of the most troublesome aspects is the instability brought through by various security concerns. Various security and privacy concerns such as misconfiguration, unauthorized access, lack of visibility, virus attacks, external sharing of data/ leakage, and denial of service attacks exist amidst an alarmingly long list. The only way around these concerns is to have a smart and effective cloud security strategy in place.

How to build an effective strategy?
The formula to have an effective security strategy starts with understanding the possible vulnerable areas. Those areas can reside on many points in the pathway, from the organization’s access point to the cloud service provider and also from them to the public.
When designing a strategy, it should be kept in mind to cover all three points and an approach of risk management should be adopted. For starters, a certain amount of anxiety relating to security in cloud computing can be averted. This can be done by handing over its management to “Cloud management” service providers that has the expertise and the resources to keep a closer look at a business’s virtual functioning on the cloud.
The next step would be to create as much awareness as possible, not only among one’s employees but also among the public which plays a considerably large part in knowingly and unknowingly dispersing private data and providing access to harmful malware/ other cyber-attacks. Since threats can occur from within and outside the organization, a deeper level of awareness is crucial.
The next step is to stay updated on security breaches experienced by fellow enterprises that use cloud computing and a stronger focus on corporations that have a similar cloud service provider that can give strong predictions as to where the vulnerabilities lie.
At the same time, taking the time and energy to research one’s cloud service provider will prove immensely valuable, since they hold most liability for assuring tight security of their platform. Awareness of the policies adopted by these service providers should be compared with one’s own architecture and strategy to determine whether the two have the ability to merge seamlessly. This will in turn assure better security.
The other important factor is the availability of reliable backup and disaster recovery systems in place to turn to at times of data theft, leakage and cyberattacks. While this can be adopted as a last resort, adding different layers of security at every level can make it harder for cyber attackers to reach. All in all, it comes down to enhanced visibility of the functioning of the cloud and that of the service provider that allows most advantage to the organization using cloud computing.

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