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How to protect your business in the cloud

Aug. 28, 2020 Business/Online Security

Learn how to anticipate and overcome business cloud computing challenges

When are clouds a good thing?

Perhaps not so much when you’re planning a trip to the beach, but the cloud can be your best friend in business—when implemented and managed correctly.

A quick recap:

Cloud computing is the storage and access or retrieval of software and data over public and private networks. This differs from traditional computing where data and software are stored on a local hard drive. While there is no actual “cloud”, the phrase is commonly used to represent the internet as a means of access to programs and data. 

As cloud computing continues to be adopted by more and more businesses around the world, the opportunities for flexibility and scalability are huge.

However, it’s important to also be aware of the challenges that using the cloud can pose—and to learn how you can keep your business safe.

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Introduction to cloud security issues

With over 30 years of experience providing business IT services, we’ve helped numerous clients across Central Florida and Southeast Michigan anticipate and overcome their cloud-related challenges.

Join us to explore our top advice on how to protect your business in the cloud.

Choose your provider carefully

If your business needs to adhere to certain industry regulatory standards, it’s essential that your cloud service provider (CSP) does too.

It’s important to note that not all CSPs have security measures that comply with every industry regulation. If you choose a non-compliant CSP, you may leave your company open to audits, penalties, and data breaches.

Need help? An experienced business IT partner can help you make the right decision.

Check you have the correct configuration

Cloud misconfiguration is a leading cause of security vulnerabilities.

The most common types of cloud misconfiguration include:

  • Using the default cloud security settings
  • Mismatched access management, where unauthorized personnel unintentionally have access to sensitive data
  • Unrestricted data access, where sensitive data is left accessible without the need for authorization
  • Assuming basic security measures are included (i.e. Backups).

If your internal IT team isn’t experienced in configuring cloud infrastructure, we recommend consulting with an IT partner who’s well versed in cloud computing.

Control access to data

Improper access management is one of the most common cloud computing security issues we see—but it’s a critical step to protect your business in the cloud.

With poor (or even no) access control, you run the very real risk of sensitive data falling into the wrong hands. With the correct access control in place, however, you can keep your data safe by regulating and monitoring permissions in a variety of ways to suit the needs of your business.

Institute best practices

Most often, data breaches are caused by the insecure storage, transmission, or use of data. Unfortunately, the most common culprit is user error.

To succeed, cloud computing relies on the correct configuration—and also on the competency of the people using it. That’s why continued employee education and training on online security best practices is key.

To conclude

By learning how to protect your business in the cloud you’ll give your teams efficient access to the tools they need, and you’ll give your company unrivalled flexibility and scalability.

Looking for help protecting your business in the cloud?

NeverBlue IT helps businesses across Central Florida and Southeast Michigan scale and grow with a comprehensive range of service-first managed IT solutions, backed by over 30 years of experience.

If you need help with the implementation or access configuration of your cloud computing, we’re here to help! Our team has experience securing Azure, AWS, and Microsoft 365 environments and helping document the policies and procedures required to be comfortable your data is secure.

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