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3 Tips to Tackle Cloud Security Breaches

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More and more organizations are moving to the cloud. With this mass migration comes issues with security gaps, data breaches, and consequent loss of customers’ personal information.

But how does this happen?

Every cloud service provider out there claims to have expert security advisers and maintains that their operation is 100% safe and trustworthy.

Too Many Passwords

A big issue with cloud apps is that they are not integrated well with existing IT systems. Employees often forget the multiple passwords associated with the many different apps they use each day. This leads to an increased tendency for users to reset passwords, often re-using the same ones or writing them down thus undermining the effectiveness of any security intention.

The best way for businesses to combat this is to limit access to those who only need it. All too often groups of users are given access to apps that they very rarely use which is another common cause of forgotten passwords.

Lack Of Visibility

Most cloud-based apps do not provide any form of audit or user activity visibility. Because of this, there is an opportunity for two users with the same username to sign in at the same time. No alerts would be sent to the company and thus a potential security breach could occur unnoticed.

Organisations like financial institutions and healthcare providers that belong to highly regulated industries could face large fines and risk loss of client trust if such an event occurred. If security is to be effective, it’s crucial that there is clear visibility into who is accessing what data and any suspicious activities are flagged immediately.

To prevent such occurrences, the most sensitive data must be locked away. One solution is to automatically delete any highly sensitive information from communications before a cloud app can download them to anyone’s mobile device.

Data Leakage

Data leakage cannot be blamed on the cloud. If an employee loses a mobile device containing sensitive client information which later ends up in the hands of a hacker, you cannot blame the cloud app used to store that information.

A solution to this problem is to track your most sensitive data. Apply a digital watermark to all corporate information and keep track of its movements on the web. Hidden identifiers placed within highly sensitive data will enable your IT department to see each time the data was downloaded, by whom and when.


In conclusion

It’s important to remember that cloud data is synced across potentially hundreds of devices and downloaded by users all over the world. In order to utilize the many advantages that cloud computing offers businesses must change the way they secure their information via an end-to-end, data-centric approach to security.


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