Here are the top four Cloud Data Security Protocols to be adopted by IT teams for safe cloud usage, which most business houses are not doing currently:
1. Fathom Clearly the Shared Cloud Security Responsibility Being Undertaken by Your Cloud Service Provider:
Most firms have not seen the responsibilities of cloud data security protocols being undertaken by their cloud provider before finally entering into any such agreement with them. This is known as the model of shared responsibility, and it is visible in most cloud providers’ advertisement; thus seeming quite straightforward, but most firms are apparently confused about this aspect. The initiation in this regard must be done by understanding this shared-security model existing between companies and their cloud service providers. Cloud providers would secure the cloud, but companies have to secure what is there on their cloud.
2. Determine the Quantity of Business Relying on Cloud and Its Security Risks:
Even if any firm is not officially sanctioning any of the cloud-based services, their employees, company partners, users, customers, as well as suppliers must be using those for sure. Around thirty-three percent of all business, data is already there on the cloud, which is beyond the control of any organizational entity to curtail its use, as cloud presence is so omnipresent and must in today’s work scenarios. While any business transition to cloud, it is mandatory that their management understands the risks and their company’s level of risk tolerance, and after that only, focus upon mitigating those risks. Some firms also have had a hard time while believing that cloud-based native malware can possible exist within their cloud environment, given their current cloud security approach well in place, but face the harsh reality of discovering their cloud data storage service inept to secure their data on cloud. After running a CASB solution that uses APIs for granular control over cloud usage, many of their customers get surprised about how much quantity of sensitive data gets shared publicly over cloud and how they take steps for this control and governance. So, all-in-all the major requirement that rests with companies is of superior and adept cloud data security protocols, which can be rendered by an efficient CASB vendor, CloudCodes!
3. Consider DLP Measures and Must Teach Users about Keeping the Data Safe:
A company’s DLP solution protects the data while the employees of that organization goes to cloud, irrespective of the place they are while accessing cloud data. Many firms know the importance of confidential data for their organization, as it includes their intellectual property, source codes, and also personally identifiable info, to list a few of them, but lack of visibility towards user data access leads to the sharing of data within sanctioned apps and unsanctioned apps, thus exposing that data to risks. There are no such rules to handle that data or implement any policies for making sure the data is not mishandled. Also, most firms do not teach their users/employees about keeping their company’s data secure and safe. Deploying a CASB solution with advanced DLP capabilities can well cover such organizational requirements and can do much more than this.
4. Determine Scalability of Company’s Cloud Data Security Protocols and Enterprise Security Approach:
Companies need to ensure that their cloud data security protocols, tools, procedures and enterprise security practices would scale up for future growth. A question that companies need to ponder upon is that whether they can extend their security policies as well as controls for one particular cloud-based service to all other cloud-based services in their work environment, both the sanctioned ones as well as for the unsanctioned ones too. Business owners must examine carefully all the cloud security tools that are being used in the cloud networks for understanding how they are expanded. Also, one must consider how many cloud-based services can be covered by one single policy. While thinking of CASB solutions, one must think beyond the SaaS apps that are in use. Also, it is imperative to know the number of sanctioned SaaS application that would be rolling out over the forthcoming few years. Also about adding controls for those unsanctioned apps, which are providing real value to the business. Also, consideration must be given to secure IaaS & PaaS. As more and more apps, as well as company’s infrastructure, is moving to cloud, the companies, which are viewing CASB as their chief cloud security platform, would have an easier transition to the cloud. We, at CloudCodes, take pride in being a great vendor providing best-in-class CASB solutions.