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Working remotely has become the new norm. Moving your business to the cloud would obviously be the smartest option to take at this point to tackle the challenges that have been arising. Utilizing public Cloud is the logical move as it allows your business to extend your current operational environment.

Don't expose yourself to unnecessary risks when it comes to cloud security

Nonetheless, you should avoid making these blunders when migrating to the Cloud.

1. Not instantaneously monitoring and dealing with security data

Monitor data in real time to avoid surprise attacks

Security is something where you have to take measures to deal with it as it comes or even before it happens. As we all know, it's better to be safe than sorry. As such, collecting data is imperative in order to manage these incidents. Knowledge is power. Having these data is no exception. Comparing and analyzing your data to gain insights is a brilliant way of utilizing the collected data. This way, you’re constantly up to date on the happenings and a pre-emptive strike can be made where any security breach is suspected.

2. Failing to perceive the importance of cloud security

If you think strategizing is not required when it comes to Cloud security, think again. Planning is crucial if you wish to bulletproof your Cloud security. You have to constantly be on the lookout on what’s happening and foresee what might come next. Planning and implementation requires time- putting it off is not an option as it will just put yourself at a risk of a security breach.

It takes 20 years to build a reputation and few minutes of cyber-incident to ruin it.” -Stéphane Nappo

3. Ignoring data security at the most fundamental levels

For one, data security cannot be regarded as storage security. Storage security involves protection of stored data but data security is more complex than that. Data should be properly managed as this is inherently what will affect the security of data; Compliance policies should also be in place and executed accordingly. . Dealing with data involves more delicate measures to ensure its security- it requires a layered protection. Failing to comprehend the significance of such protection can lead to data loss since the data is so prone to being compromised.

4. Access Being Free for All

privileged access to the Cloud

A major mistake is allowing unauthorized people to gain access to the cloud platform. Only authorized people should be allowed into the platform and perform their duties accordingly. You want to avoid having unauthorized people enter the platform and make changes to data which is going to be a real pain in the neck for you. Access should be privileged so as to ensure proper security- preventing data from being stolen or modified.

5. Regarding Cloud Security The Same Way as On-premise Data Centers

On-premise environments are typically owned and controlled by the organization and protected by firewalls. However, in a Cloud environment, you cannot just assume your data is automatically shielded from outside threats. Building a solid security foundation with a multi-layered security system is what will ensure airtight security. When migrating to the cloud, the IT architecture of the company have to be scrutinized carefully and consider whether moving to the cloud is the wisest option to take.

6. Taking disaster recovery plans for granted

Security isn’t something you can just assume it works. There is no magic button you can press that instantly gives you all-round, perpetual protection. Even the mightiest will fall- Google does experience failures and outages at some points. You have to do continuous testing for Cloud failures as part of your disaster recovery plan.

Take these points and ingrain them into your own security testing to check on weaknesses in your Cloud configuration. The secret is to not slack off with these testing- you have to do it consistently to reveal the flaws and problems in the infrastructure.

Security is always excessive until it’s not enough.” -Robbie Sinclair, Head of Security, Country Energy, NSW Australia

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