Five Phases of Cloud Security

By Enterprise Security Magazine | Friday, November 30, 2018

Over the past few years, the adoption of cloud computing in organizations has seen a meteoric rise, going from simple emailing platforms to elaborate HR services and customer relationship management (CRM) systems. Furthermore, as IT provision is gradually moving out of organization premises, security has become a vital consideration for cloud adoption. The following are the five steps that companies need to take to ensure effective cloud security.

Phase one: Server Size
On-site server rooms enable businesses to physically interact with their IT provision, resulting in peace of mind. However, the increasing demand on network and bandwidth has driven the storage capacity of on-premise IT servers to the breaking point. The implementation of the cloud is the natural next phase to lighten the load and ensure (verb) smooth IT services.

Phase two: Growth of the Cloud
Cloud technologies allow organizations to expand their IT services to cope with the mobility and security demands of customers and business partners respectively, with ease. However, the rapid incorporation of cloud computing by organizations without a strategic approach toward its security has resulted in a system exposed to digital threats. Malicious data such as spam and ransomware are becoming just as big a problem in the cloud as they are on-premise.

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Phase three: Secure the Cloud
The adoption of cloud services brought the viability and visibility of off-premise solutions into question. Even with all the advantages that cloud adoption gives to an IT department, without proper security strategies, the cloud can become a playground for cybercriminal activities. Irrespective of the level of cloud services, organizations cannot rely on service providers and need to take all the necessary measures to secure their own data.

Phase four: C-level executives driving Cloud adoption
The requirement of senior executives for increased efficiency is now pushing companies to rely on the cloud. According to a research carried out by Kaspersky Labs, 78 percent of small to medium businesses (SMBs) are leveraging at least one form of cloud service.

Phase five: A newer perspective
Cyber-threats will continue to grow, evolve, and get better at targeting data, irrespective of where it is stored. The only solution to this challenge is deploying a security technology that mixes machine learning with an up-to-date threat intelligence service. With a newer perspective toward cloud security, organizations can ensure that the sprawling IT infrastructure is not detriment of its own benefits. 

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