05 Jun Cloud Security Strategy: 5 Necessary Policies
When partnering with a cloud vendor, organizations need to establish what responsibilities lay with the cloud provider and what additional steps should be taken in order to further protect your infrastructure. Relying heavily on cloud security alone could leave your organization vulnerable to a disaster.
In order to effectively manage the risks and maintain control over your infrastructure, organizations must have a comprehensive cloud security strategy. Businesses frequently question whether their data is safe in the cloud. We have broken down 5 necessary policies to implement in order to improve or create stronger cloud security.
1.Check for free security upgrades
Nowadays every major cloud provider promotes the use of two-factor authentication (2FA). Two-factor authentication creates an additional layer of security, making the end-user provide two forms of information. The information needed is best categorized as something you know, such as a password, something you have, like an ID card and something you are, meaning a fingerprint scan or face recognition. Being able to increase protection against malicious login attempts, makes it a priority to have 2FA a part of your cloud security policies.
2.Firewalls – Use them!
Using firewall software restricts access to your infrastructure, so make sure firewall policies are in place. The best practice when controlling your organization’s firewalls is changing defaulted open ports to close and only opening them when necessary.
3.Anchor the cloud
When working within a limited geographic region be sure to anchor the cloud by adding an access restriction. Simply keeping access only within that region, or even better, limited to certain IP addresses, reduces exposure to hackers, worms or other external threats.
4.Bye passwords, hello PKI
Public key infrastructures use a public and private key to verify the identity of a user before exchanging data. When you eliminate the vulnerability of passwords, your infrastructure is stronger and more secure. There is no more forgetful passwords or possibility of brute force login attempts. Keeping your infrastructure’s applications and data secure is one of the many benefits of having a properly implemented cloud security strategy.
5.Activate auditing & system monitoring
Ensure that your infrastructure has continual security monitoring for all environments and incidents. In order to remain secure, policies such as when and how your infrastructure is audited and monitored are necessary. Some organizations use a software that captures, scans and processes the time and accuracy of infrastructure checks. This approach helps log each audit, which provides clarity and assurance that your infrastructure is safe and sound. Having these logs will also provide insight on any needed updates or alterations that may need to be enforced.
An effective cloud security strategy should account for an organization’s future and current cloud computing needs and goals. In order to protect against any potential risks and eliminate any gaps between your cloud security and your infrastructure, your organization must stop leaning heavily on the cloud alone. Establishing a mutual understanding of your organizations desired end state is critical for business growth. For more information or to speak with a cloud consultant about improving or creating a cloud security strategy, reach out to us here.