Cloud Industry Forum’s 2017 research found that 88% of UK businesses have adopted cloud services, and 67% of them are planning to increase their cloud computing usage this year.
But as businesses become increasingly reliant on technology, cloud or otherwise, they’re also more prone to cyberattacks. In fact, a recent research found that one-fifth of breached SMBs costed more than £10,000, and for others, more than £50,000. As such, it is crucial that you know how to protect your IT infrastructure from cyberthreats that are increasing in number and intensity.
#1. Devise robust cloud security policies
Before you do anything, it’s important to have all your employees on the same page. Having a cloud security policy will help them understand how to manage and maintain confidential data, backups, and apps and minimise security risks due to improper handling. At the same time, setting cloud best practice guidelines also ensures your technology comply with data security regulations like GDPR.
#2. Conduct employee training programs
No matter how robust your security guidelines are, they’re useless unless your employees strictly follow them. According to Talent & Rewards’ Managing Director Suzanne McAndrew, two-thirds of all cyberbreach incidents are caused by employee negligence. To that end, we recommend having regular cloud cybersecurity trainings for all employees.
Several topics that should be covered during the training include password management, types of cyberthreats, and security response protocols during cyberincidents. It is also advisable to run various simulations for different types of cyberattacks. This ensures that your employees know exactly how to mitigate each threat.
#3. Manage data access permissions
Your cloud storage is home to a plethora of confidential files ranging from financial records to project-specific data, and without proper protection, it’s not impossible for hackers to gain access to them. This is why you need to make sure that your cloud storage is password protected. Better yet, grant access to open, view, and edit files only to relevant team members rather than everyone at your company.
#4. Encrypt your data
On top of setting user permissions and implementing strong passwords, it is essential to encrypt your data to safeguard it from malware and hackers when it’s at rest or in transit. Even if a hacker successfully intercepts your data, as long as it’s encrypted, they’ll never be able to open the data without corrupting it first.
One of the most common encryption method to secure data transmission is implementing security certificates like Transport Layer Security (TLS) and Secure Sockets Layer (SSL). However, we recommend that you also encrypt the physical data itself to make sure it’s completely foolproof.
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