The needs of cloud computing security methods have changed drastically in the past decade. But the point is that there are many enterprises which are still stuck with the outdated versions and hence are vulnerable to security threats. The way the businesses still approach and deal with important matters like passwords and security questions is a primary example of the security approaches from an outdated version. Risks have changed now and there is a paradigm shift on the security technologies that have to be incorporated to keep in tandem with the new found cyber security threats. With a changed technology landscape, organizations have more powerful authority to delegate strong password policies to every individual and hence there is no need to rely on the older methods like the date of birth, mother’s maiden name, which seem to obsolete now in the changing times. Text messages, emails and messaging apps have taken over the security challenges, but very few enterprises have shifted their approaches. The main problem lies in the lack of knowledge regarding the consequences of data breaches that may take place and its after-effects for the enterprises.
Cloud computing security methods and its accountability can be increased by imparting quality education about its necessity and implementation. The legislation, for sure, has an important role to play, but the issuing of fines for the non-compliance of security regulations has had little effect till date. But with rules changing and a stricter policy that has to be adhered to by the enterprises, the compliance is taken very seriously now. EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) fines upto €20m or 4% of the annual turnover and this should act as a deterrent for the companies to take their security issues sincerely. Organizations cannot come up with the excuse of increased expenditure or the lack of return on investment. There should be increased awareness and education on cyber security for the people who build the IT infrastructure. Organizations should know that it is wiser to invest in imparting the right knowledge about security to its staff rather than a cough up the hefty security breach fines in cases of any such problems encountered of data leakages at later stages.
Enterprises have full control over the data that they collect and retain. Herein, lies the problem of data maximization. Enterprises tend to retain even the unnecessary data over longer periods, leading to the aggravation of security leaks. Organizations hoard data thinking that they might be useful later if at all things go wrong. But the basic principle is that you don’t lose what you don’t have. So the opportune thing for all the enterprises would be to retain data that is very essential and let go of the rest. Because, when any data breach occurs, the enterprises need to know the processes of dealing with it and putting things in place. In this era, organizations are judged by the way the matter is handled when a data breach occurs rather than being judged harshly because they had a breach.
Using CASB solutions is a cost-effective way of increasing cloud data security and when employees are trained to use it in an effective manner, the data remains safe and secure. The plus thing about educating the folks on cybersecurity is that it pays off in the long run. The employees apply the knowledge gained by the training across multiple projects; and once they get habituated to it, they positively influence others to do so, thus increasing the cybersecurity practices within the enterprises. The most sensible and fundamental thing would be to educate people about CASB solutions related to cybersecurity issues in their job roles. This helps to fix defects at the root itself and it is cheaper here than to fix it after a breach has taken place. Education is also needed on the data collection and retention aspect. CASB solutions should be effectively implemented across the enterprise and the employees should be trained for its effective use so that data is safe and secure within the enterprise.