By Chandita Samaranayake
The exodus to remote work has left many businesses scrambling to prepare the infrastructure to maintain communication with employees, support productivity, and keep their data safe. As a result of the worldwide pandemic, cloud computing has become an essential aspect of the digital transformation of enterprises today. Thanks to innovation in video conferencing, virtual private networks (VPNs), electronic communication apps, and cloud storage, professionals no longer have to rely on a centralised location to communicate or collaborate on work.
Thus, cloud and data security have become essential parts of organisational IT infrastructure as work from home and remote and flexible work cultures take hold. While most companies have been quick to recognise this need and switch to the cloud, many other organisations remain in the dark about security standards and the significance of effective cloud security measures. So in such a context, what exactly does cloud security bring to the mix?
- Disaster recovery plans that are easier and faster to implement
The loss of personal and sensitive data on devices such as computers and smartphones is far more damaging than physical destruction. The collapse or failure or even an external breach could easily compromise the data stored virtually on a cloud network. Therefore, more challenging security protocols are required to protect this data in case of a physical loss. In a disaster, data recovery is critical, and features such as hybrid cloud environments provide secure and functional recovery environments, allowing the organisation to keep the business going while enjoying better flexibility or distribution.
- An elevated level of data security
With data already being compared to oil, firms worldwide are scrambling to improve data protection. In such a context, cloud computing provides a large amount of storage space to users, but data security in such an environment becomes critical. It’s a common misconception among cloud users that their provider would care for all of their security concerns.
However, while your cloud service provider will safeguard some parts, businesses must have their own comprehensive, customised, and closely monitored cloud security architecture to ensure that their data is secure. VPNs, encryption, and masking are some of the most common ways of data security in the current environment because they allow employees to safely access data from PCs, tablets, and mobile phones, removing the need to use an unsecured or open public network.
- Fortifies the control of information flow
Organisations can use strong cloud security capabilities to exercise selective access to their data as a core component of the cloud. When sensitive information should not be accessible to all employees in a business, cloud security can assist in managing data access protocols, thereby protecting vital information. Furthermore, as data breaches become more widespread, companies must create adequate internal control settings to avoid erroneous or intentional internal risks. By establishing strict access controls, they can protect documents from hostile insiders or hackers using stolen credentials.
- Reduces misconfigurations and ineffective security on the cloud
Cybersecurity and protocols should be monitored regularly so that a business may anticipate future issues and prevent accidental data releases. Intrusion detection can aid in the detection of misappropriation and incongruity in the cloud environment. Techniques such as kernel restoration or IDs can detect the execution of unprecedented access into the cloud environment. The data administrators are alerted, and alarms can be triggered when these anomalies are found.
- Ultimately, strong data security measures make for a significant investment
There are a lot of myths about cloud computing, which cannot be customised, modified, and applied efficiently for the long-term at an affordable price. A growing number of SMEs and start-ups are relying on third-party tech service providers and cybersecurity agencies to safeguard their cloud data and create a safer and more efficient corporate environment. Businesses have found that effective and secure cloud computing has reduced operational costs.
This type of vulnerability management does not have to be an arduous chore for companies managing cloud infrastructures. For example, Dygisec – a next-generation cloud security and compliance company, offers a robust, novel product called ‘Triton’. The agentless, data-driven cloud security solution provides security, compliance, and governance for businesses by continuously analysing cloud infrastructures for multiple risk types and detecting and resolving them in real-time. This takes off a huge burden of risk assessment and management from companies, allowing them to enjoy the benefits of the cloud and adhere to compliance guidelines while having an expert scan their systems for threats. This leaves time and energy for companies to focus more on elevating the everyday functionalities of their operations.
In conclusion, remote work is increasingly necessary for companies and employees. In such a context, organisations must be fully geared to not only transfer their work to the cloud to allow for increased accessibility while blocking loopholes that cybercriminals can use or exploit to disrupt the security and smooth functionalities of work systems. Therefore, a robust and high-quality cloud security programme can help companies reduce cyber threats and protect their data while still enjoying the benefits of the cloud in the new era of remote work.
(The writer is the Co-Founder and Chief Partner Officer of Dygisec – a technology product company focused on next-generation cloud compliance and security.)