Methods to Improve Cloud Data Security

Cloud Data Security

With the growing use of cloud migration to streamline operations by businesses, the threat to cloud data security remains a concern for many companies.

By 2025, worldwide data will grow 61% to 175 zettabytes, says IDC  in its whitepaper- IDC’s “Data Age 2025”.  The research document goes on to say that ‘By 2025, 49 percent of data will be stored in public cloud environments.’ Many firms have had to deal with breaches and data phishing as well as other cloud data security challenges. The following methods can be used to improve cloud data security:

Authentication Tools Deployment

The protection of the enterprises can be strengthened by adopting a multi-factor authentication system inside the organization. Using these authentication tools offers IT and security teams comprehensive access to the organization’s network and applications. Cloud data security could be saved by strengthening the passwords by using multi-factor authentication.

Safeguarding User Identity and Metadata

Human negligence is the reason behind most of the security breaches with cloud platforms. Many enterprises are unaware of the security risk posed by business metadata. Security risks come from both the data itself and the evidence of the data. The vast majority of companies and cloud service providers ignore metadata security. The firm faces problems since hackers can access all of the metadata with a single breach because many cloud data security providers save it all in one place. By dispersing metadata among different storage places, this metadata hacking could be prevented.

User Access Management

Setting the right permission levels ensures that each employee may access and use only the tools or resources they need to do their jobs. The organization owners must make sure that highly sensitive cloud data is protected with the appropriate levels of authorization. Restricting user access is a solution because hacked user accounts pose a serious threat to enterprise cloud data security. Lack of authorization levels for various employees means trouble for cloud data security and shows how easy phishing of low-level employees provides the hacker complete access to the critical data of the enterprises.

User Network Activities Monitoring

In order to identify deviations from the user’s regular activity patterns, real-time user network action monitoring analysis is the solution that businesses could use. This pattern includes unknown users from any illegal devices, IP addresses, locations, etc.

Businesses can show auditors that their networks and apps are secure with the assistance of logging and user information, and they can provide detailed activity reports at any time and from any location in the event of a serious breach.

These unexpected actions could be signs of security breaches in the companies’ cloud data, and spotting them early could help the companies deal with the security issues.

Cloud Migration Diligence

The process of cloud migration should be slow, careful, and diligent, especially while planning to move critical and sensitive data to the cloud as business data is way more susceptible to breaches during the cloud migration process. As many businesses overlook the cloud data security risks when moving to the cloud hampers data security.

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Ensure Delete Data is Actually Deletes

There is a real problem with cloud services over how deleted data ligers for longer than it should. Unlike local storage systems, businesses cannot actually check to confirm whether what they deleted is gone with cloud storage. Avoiding sketchy cloud service providers with poor cloud security track records is the way to ensure whether data has been deleted or not. The enterprises must be extra cautious about cloud service providers with ridiculously low rates. Therefore, choosing the trusted cloud service provider is the right option as at least they would actually delete the data when asked.

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