5 tips to boost your cloud security

Posted on 12/12/2019

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From implementing multi-factor authentication (MFA) to setting appropriate levels of authorisation, find out more about what can be done to improve cloud security in your organisation and reduce the risk of cyber-attacks occurring through cloud-based applications.

Currently, over 90% of businesses use the public cloud and it’s easy to see why with cost savings, greater reliability and increased productivity levels. Yet this also means that cyber security threats are on the rise for businesses. In fact, 68% of business leaders feel that they are at greater risk of being affected by a cyber attack, showing that more needs to be done to improve cloud security practices.

Read on to discover the steps you can take to increase your security through the cloud.

Implement multi-factor authentication

Stolen login credentials are one of the most common ways hackers can gain access to your cloud-based applications, with 95% of all web application attacks occurring as a result of this.

Deploying multi-factor authentication (MFA) is one of the easiest, yet most highly effective ways to improve your cloud security. MFA requires an additional element, such as a thumbprint or unique code to validate a login request, making it more difficult for hackers to access your data.

A recent study carried out by Google on evaluating login challenges found that using MFA provided the strongest protection, blocking 99% of attacks rooted in phishing and 90% of targeted attacks. Organisations should look to multi-factor authentication to ensure that only authorised personnel have access to your sensitive data in the cloud.

Set appropriate levels of authorisation

It’s often the case that higher permissions than required are granted to users for business applications, systems and accounts. The first issue this poses is increased risk of a cyber breach through human error; employees may accidentally share information they are not authorised to access.

Furthermore, if there are little or no restrictions on a user’s account and a hacker gains access to this, either through stolen credentials or through a phishing scam, there is no limit to the data they can get hold of. Just think of the damage they could do!

To help control this, a tighter account management process should be put in place. Doing so will limit privileges and only allow users access to the necessary information required to carry out their role.

Monitor user activity

Another way to help improve your cloud security is to monitor user activity within the cloud environment. Through real-time analysis of user behaviour, abnormalities like an unknown IP address or device can be detected, allowing you to address the threat before a more serious issue occurs.

Using a Security Operations Centre (SOC-as-a-Service) is one of the most efficient ways to monitor user activity. This service delivers threat detection and incident response services to protect your organisation from cyber threats. At Air Sec, we continuously monitor your network and its assets, and receive real-time threat intelligence to help us keep ahead of cyber criminals.

Removal of users

When employees leave your company, making sure they can no longer access your systems should be a key step in the offboarding process. Failing to do so may leave your organisation at increased risk of data breaches and other undesirable outcomes. You don’t want your past employees taking any of your sensitive data with them…

Having a comprehensive offboarding process in place to manage employee leavers, including their access to company data once no longer employed, is critical. Organisations looking to implement a leavers strategy should seek consultancy from cyber security professionals who can help make the process as efficient and effective as possible.

Employee awareness & training

Cloud security goes beyond having the right processes in place; it’s about making sure the employees within an organisation aren’t posing a cybersecurity threat. It’s reported that over 90% of successful network breaches are caused by human error, highlighting the importance of user awareness training in the workplace.

Train your workers on the cloud environment they will be using to reduce the risk of them following improper practise and putting your business at risk of a security breach. Our structured cyber awareness training programme is delivered online and provides continuous learning for staff to build a security-conscious culture.

Strengthen your security today

If you’d like to find out more about how you can improve your cloud security, get in touch and speak to one of our experts today.

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