Attributed by Mr. Aniketh Jain, CEO & Co-Founder of SOLUTIONS INFINI
Perhaps the most consistent concerns raised by private and public sectors alike with respect to the Cloud are the risks it poses for security and privacy. However, its proponents believe that there are also gains to be had, even in security and privacy, from migrating to the cloud, which may offset the risks for some users. In both areas, the challenges posed by the Cloud arise out of the same characteristics that make it an attractive option for many organizations. The following are some of the concerns and the redressal methods that ensure security:
One of the most fundamental problems faced by organizations who want to migrate to the Cloud is how to protect their data from theft and unauthorized access in an environment in which it is frequently in transit. Data encryption is a method that can build stronger controls around data in a multi tenant environment that are stored on a physical drive and minimize the security concerns.
Stronger passwords ensure that your data vulnerable to risks can be minimized. It is advisable to use unique usernames and passwords for authentication on multiple websites to be cautious and secured to risky transactions and unsafe contingencies.
Intrusion detection ensures that the security is maintained intact through systematic tracing and examination of logs, firewalls and network traffic.
Application delivery system
Through precisely accurate application delivery system, the following measures can be taken into consideration to prevent security risks.
1. Proper Antivirus application to ensure the privacy of data and its security
2. Database Security with high end application protocols to mitigate security risks
3. Web Filtering
4. Anti-spam measures
5. Web Security through gated channels and restricted external access
As more services migrate to the network, record keeping and clear and consistent authentication and access controls become of paramount importance. A cohesive system of record-keeping with regard to authentication, authorization and accounting helps in-house and providers track and respond to security incidents.
Foremost method of securing loss of data is by backing it up. Creating a data asset catalog, considering all forms of data and privacy requirements, securing availability, confidentiality and integrity procedures can secure from security breaches. Applying identity and access management procedures also ensure data security.
Vulnerability scanning for cloud networks
A cloud service provider must allow legitimate network traffic and block malicious network traffic, just as any other Internet-connected organization does. Nevertheless, customers should expect certain external network perimeter safety measures like traffic screening, denial of service protection, logging and notification measures for safety, unauthorized access and modifications of data and proper equipment and infrastructure maintenance.
Enforcing terms and conditions
Data protection requires imposing limitations on the use and accessibility of PII (personally identifiable information), based on policies that are written by non-IT personnel, especially the Legal and Risk Management departments, which are consistent with applicable regulations and laws, and are approved at the highest levels of the organization. Enforcement of such limitations implies associated requirements to tag the data appropriately, store it securely and to permit access only by authorized users. This requires appropriate controls and supporting infrastructure. Enterprises are responsible for defining policies to address privacy concerns and raise awareness of data protection within their organization. They are also responsible for ensuring that their cloud providers adhere to the defined privacy policies.
Two factor authentication (2FA)
Two factor authentications ensures secure login and eliminates the risk of security threats. When the authentication protocols are in place, the system is less likely to be attacked.
Use anti hacking tools along with anti virus
Having a good antivirus ensures safety but just to be doubly sure, anti hacking tools can add an edge to the existing physical infrastructure and ensure seamless performance of security services.
Strengthen wifi security
Wifi security is one of the major prerequisites for a sound security system. The stronger the wifi security, the lesser the system is vulnerable to attacks.
The Cloud service provider should be able to deliver standard measures to prevent attacks, and at the same time, should be able to proactively respond to any vulnerabilities and take immediate actions to assist, implement and regulate recovery mechanisms in case of any attacks. It’s exquisitely important to maintain regulatory compliance, long term integrity, investigative support, when it comes to providing cloud security.