We live in a world where everything that can is moving to the cloud. Companies choose cloud security implementations because they are faster, often less expensive (at least initially), easier to access, and always up to date.
There are multiple types of cloud solutions and each has a separate set of challenges in terms of security. Cloud solutions needs must include:
- Protecting Datacenters in the Cloud
- Protecting SaaS based Cloud Applications and their Cloud Data
- Cloud Storage Solutions (e.g. Box, Dropbox)
Cloud Datacenter Security
Protecting Virtual Servers, Data & Applications
Cloud based datacenters (Amazon AWS, Microsoft Azure. Rackspace) offer the ability scale internal infrastructures without buying high cost hardware. However, protecting data at rest, data in use and data in transit becomes a problem when you don’t control the environment. These environments are not immune from hackers, data destruction or access control problems. eSecurity Solutions can provide both cloud datacenter security risk assessments of cloud datacenters as well as recommendations for solutions and associated implementations.
CASB Cloud Access Security Brokers
Protecting Cloud Application Usage
The ubiquity of cloud applications and usage in businesses of all sizes now demands that solutions like CASB (Cloud Access Security Brokers) and other cloud applications security solutions be deployed. These solutions provide the kind of security you would normally get from a firewall and endpoint anti-malware solution, but can’t get from cloud application providers:
- Application Usage Visibility
- Application Usage Control
- Compliance Control (like Data Loss Prevention-DLP)
- Data Security (Encryption)
- Threat Prevention
Pretty much every company now uses multiple cloud applications to run their businesses. Sixty-four percent (64%) of small and medium businesses use an average of 3 cloud applications today and growing at 25% rate. Many of these applications have malware and over 90% are not enterprise ready. Applications including Office 365, Google G-Suite, CRM, accounting, Sales quoting, ERP, Operations, HR and others all are deployed from the cloud. Their data is also usually stored in the cloud.
Do you know the following critical things about your employee’s cloud usage?
- What applications are Being Used?
- Who is Using Them (Employees and Non-Employees)?
- What Data from your Network is Now Stored in the Cloud?
- Use of Cloud Storage Programs (Box, Dropbox etc)
- What Security is in Place to:
- Protect Applications & Data Access?
- Protect Stored Data?
Making Cloud Application Access Easy & Secure
Additionally, do you have a single sign on authentication solution in place to make your employees experience easier and more secure? Can your organization really exist without a central solution to this rapidly growing security threat? Amazingly, there are solutions designed to solve the broad threats of cloud application usage. It can provide visibility, control and protection. We can help you choose an appropriate cloud access security solution and implement it. We can also manage your cloud application security and provide a cloud application security risk assessment.
CASB Cloud Application Security Will Become the New Antivirus
As your data silently moves out of your organization, it is time to get your arms around it. Each type of problem requires a cloud security solution designed to solve that specific threat. Solutions like CASB need to be treated as “must have” security, the same both endpoint antivirus and firewall security. Cloud security risks are not going away and will in fact be getting much worse until companies attack them as aggressively as they have network security risks.