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Cloud Security: Mitigating Threats in the Cloud

By ECI | Tuesday, December 7th, 2021

Ensuring infrastructure and data security is critical to any organization, regardless of whether its infrastructure lives on-premise or in a cloud environment. Today, the cloud is mainstream but it is essential that business leaders understand the cloud is not secure by design. A layered approach to cybersecurity is key to safely leveraging cloud technology to help drive business transformation.

The most effective cloud data security strategies feature several protective layers. System-level defenses, which constitute the outermost layer, secure the "plumbing" of the cloud. After that follows application-level security. Data-level protections form the final layer, which stands as the last line of defense against cyber criminals on the technology front. Past these layers stand your end users, who require training to ensure they don’t compromise the strategy.

Many cloud application environments are subject to established data security tools that have proven effective over time, including:

  • Access auditing – This backend protection software allows system administrators to view user network activity to pinpoint potential threats.

  • URL scanning – These data security modules evaluate active links embedded in emails to determine any malicious content.

  • Web filtering – Programs of this sort review webpages in real time and block any dangerous or unsanctioned assets.

  • Email protection – These applications integrate with industry-standard email clients and scanning incoming messages for potential viruses.

  • Multifactor authentication – This login method which requires users to employ multiple identify verification methods.

  • System environment monitoring – This technology enables IT departments or managed IT providers to scan enterprise computing environments in real time.

While cloud-computing vendors are responsible for developing and deploying the data security features included in the first layer, internal IT teams or managed service providers must build out the two remaining layers.​​​​​​ That said, choosing the right managed cloud provider is critical in deploying and managing a secure infrastructure. Look for a vendor with vast industry-specific experience, a robust cybersecurity package, migration and connectivity capabilities, and 24x7x365 support. 

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