3 Steps to Help Protect Your Cloud Assets

As the world continues to shift from on-premise to remote operations, there pose new security challenges. Tools such as firewalls and endpoint protection must be layered with additional security to maximize protection. Ensuring that your cloud assets are secure will help you be protected from ransomware attacks and data breaches. There are three specific ways that you can protect your cloud assets, which will be explained more here. 

Here Are 3 Ways to Protect Your Cloud Assets: 

The more data that comes about, the more organized your storage capacity should be. With the cloud, everything is easily accessible, regardless of location, and easily configurable for additional security elements. It's important to remember that even if you're storing your data on a public cloud platform, that information is not automatically covered by said provider. Platforms such as Azure rely on a shared-responsibility model, wherein management and security responsibilities are clearly divided between the platform and individual business/IT team. Since these platforms don't protect your data against corruption or loss, it's critical to have layered strategies in case of a data breach. Here's our three-step approach to protecting your cloud assets:

  1. Detect 

    • According to Netskope's "Cloud and Threat Report", 44% of security threats exploit the cloud. Being able to detect when an attack is happening is the first step in your recovery process. The sooner you detect an attack, the better position you will be in when it comes time to respond. This will require having visibility across IaaS and SaaS platforms in order to detect attacks in real time. You should specifically watch out for attacks in the following services:
      • IaaS Config
      • Customized Rules 
      • SaaS Monitoring 

    2. Respond

    • The next step in protecting yourself is responding to the attack. Doing this as fast as possible is best, as it will give the hacker less time in your system. If you don't have an internal cloud security team, solutions such as Soc-as-a-Service are an affordable way to develop expertise around your cloud stack. To assist you in containing threats you can use: 
      • Managed Investigations
      • Incident Response 
      • Log Retention and Search

    3. Simplify

    • Ensuring your security is simple is key in protection. Having experts, guided deployment, and ongoing management will help you in your ongoing protection process. You can use these services to promote a safe cloud 

Challenges of Cloud Security 

During this shift with us moving our data into the cloud, cloud threats are rising. 94% of enterprises today rely on at least one public cloud. Many businesses have multiple clouds. Firewalls, advanced endpoint protection, and SIEM appliances cannot defend the cloud workloads. Monitor your environment to protect against phished credentials, impossible travel, or malicious integrations, protecting key business activities and accounts. If you want to learn more about securing your cloud, contact us for a free IT consultation here at iCorps.

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