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Top 3 Security Threats in Cloud Computing

Security Threats in Cloud Computing

As people are moving towards new cloud computing strategies that are innovative and affordable, they are still vulnerable to old threats. Everyone has started using public clouds, private clouds, and even hybrid scenarios. There are certain dangers in the cloud computing jungle and cloud security measures must be put in place to reduce and resolve them.

While, cloud computing can provide small businesses with cost-saving benefits, powerful hardware and sophisticated software – these services does come with sure security risks. Therefore, when you evaluate potential cloud based services, you should keep these top security concerns in mind.

Safe Transmission

The cloud communication must happen over a secure channel. Both data transmission and file transmission must be through a secure channel like HTTP to avoid hacking. Since internet is used to access cloud applications/data, it creates a potential hacking target. Your data must be encrypted and authenticated by using standard industrial protocols like Internet Protocol Security. These types of protocols are safer to use because they are designed specifically for protecting Internet traffic.

Separation Of Stored Information

Most cloud servers are shared, but it is important to check if your information is stored in a separate data compartment on the provider’s servers. This avoids exposure of your data, when one of the other customers of the provider is exposed to hacking. This allows discourages accidental access of data across cloud consumers. Data compartmentalization is an important consideration to ensure a secure cloud storage.

User Access Control

Information stored on cloud services can be accessed by anyone in your firm. Therefore, you first need to study carefully the sensitivity of the data that is stored in the cloud, and place measure to monitor the specifics about the people who access the data and their level of access.

Spending a little time up front assessing your risk tolerance and potential exposures will provide the perspective you need to select the best cloud options for your organization.


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