Reasons Why Access Control Is Important for Cloud Security?

Pallavi Varanasi Cloud Security Expert - CloudCodes Software
  • February 14th, 2020

The shift in Cloud Computing

Previously companies followed a different method to monitor the access of their devices, but after the adoption of cloud technology, companies have now started to monitor and control their devices using cloud systems. Whether it is updating your professional or financial information about the company, every sensitive information gets recorded and stored on the cloud. With this shift, there’s a need of access control. The question why access control is important for cloud security becomes obvious.

As the information on the cloud is subjected to constant updates, so it is highly prone to risks and the data is also vulnerable. A mere Firewall will not serve the purpose of securing the cloud, instead, companies have to ensure that the access to the information on the cloud is not just secured but also restricted in certain ways.

Why Access Control is important for Cloud Security

The biggest reason for enterprises to move to cloud services is the easy access to data from any corner of the globe, increasing the ease of work, and hence enhancing productivity. But this again becomes its nemesis given that any hacker can gain easy access to the enterprise data from any part of the world or even an insider could easily steal the company’s sensitive, proprietary data.

Cloud applications like G Suite, Office 365, Dropbox, etc., have their own in-built access control security solutions, but that isn’t sufficient for enterprises dealing with say health or finance related confidential data. Such enterprises look for solutions that can help them gain granular level control on how their data is being accessed or used by the users, which is efficiently provided by a Cloud Access Security Brokers (CASB).

In a CASB, access control comes in the form of identification, authorization, authentication, access approval, and audit, and with BYOD (bring-your-own-device) ruling the roost, and your data and apps on the cloud, it becomes pertinent that access control is definitely a must in your armamentarium of data security solutions. Access control is one of the most important features of a CASB that strengthen data security over cloud-based applications.

5 reasons why companies need access control:

Flexibility: In a dynamic business culture, cloud-based access control is highly recommended to monitor and safeguard sensitive data across different devices. As most of the employees use their devices beyond the office premises hence access control with the cloud is not just safe to protect the data but allows secured flexibility to the employees.

Restrictions: Effective CASB solution is in fact a complete suite of access control providing features like user restriction, IP restriction, time restriction, session timeout, browser restriction, device restriction, etc., to deal with such issues efficiently and leaving no scope for unauthorized access.

Professional Management: The enterprises have the option of including the access control security solutions through a CASB provider. Either way, this works out well for the enterprise, since it eliminates the hassles of appointing dedicated administrators on-premises to handle data security and access control.

Synchronized Data: Cloud Access system has the ability to save the information under one umbrella. The information will then be categorized depending upon the access given to different users. This process will not just reduce the chaos among users but will also help in reducing risks and challenges towards sensitive data.

Reports: Attempts to access data are reported to the IT staff for keeping a check on any malicious attempts for better access control.

Scalability: The major advantage of Access Control in CASB is that it can be customized to suit the enterprise requirements. Later on, as per the advanced requirements, it can be scaled up to add extra layers of security.

Take Control with CloudCodes Access Control

CloudCodes is a leading CASB provider with its Advanced Access Control module, it is capable of eliminating any sort of coercive threats by predefining the rules for access at various levels of the enterprise and bridging the gap in a leak-proof manner between the enterprise and the cloud apps being used. Its complex algorithms ensure that the cloud-based system is absolutely leak-proof to any sort of data breach of confidentiality, and data transmission occurs in the safest possible environment. These are some reasons why access control is important for cloud security.