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Cloud Security

Saturday 29th June 2019

Cloud Security

As more organisations are considering transferring to a cloud-based platform; security is becoming more of an importance. Cloud platforms such as Amazon AWS, Google cloud platform and Azure rank security as a top priority. All three platforms provide a wide range of solutions and specific types of policies in order protect data applications. With the introduction of GDPR, businesses have to prioritise the way data is handled and kept.

There are security concerns that surround the use of cloud applications and systems. Organisations that use cloud services, understand the risk that is involved which include: unauthorised access to accounts, data breaches and the misuse of information. You may ask so how do we protect ourselves when using cloud platforms?

A main way that this is executed is to ensure that data can only be accessible to personnel whom are authorised to. This is done by assigning the appropriate permissions to individuals via Access Management. It is important that organisations who are using cloud services realise in order to ensure a secure environment; responsibility can’t all be up to the cloud provider. The responsibility of securing the cloud is shared between the customer and the provider. The customer will have to implement various security methods in order to protect either their sites, data and applications.

On the other hand, the service provider will have to assure that all customers databases and applications which are hosted are protected from any unwarranted access. For instance, AWS do not give information about the precise location of their datacentres for security purposes.

Another key aspect for Cloud web security. Traffic which is directed will go through the cloud before traffic can be reached to the servers. This is another layer of protection to protect the servers involved as the traffic is firstly analysed by the cloud to ensure that only legitimate users gain access whilst keeping unauthorised users out. If traffic is not approved by the cloud, then it will be blocked from accessing the server.

All top cloud platforms are all compliant insuring that their customer data meet compliance requirements.

The purpose of cloud-based security solutions is to keep customer’s information protected at all time. Cloud based services will restrict unwarranted access and give customers the ability to back up various types of information and offers data recovery solutions to help in a case of data loss. Sensitive information is encrypted as they will need maximum amount of protection.

If you are a business who are considering the use of a cloud-based solution; I believe that the pros outweigh the cons. It’s convenient, options to secure important data and provides a platform where customers have the ability to retrieve their information in real time and interact with it whilst off premises.