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Overcoming Cloud Security Challenges

With more than 90 percent of businesses using the cloud in some capacity, it is now virtually a necessity to conduct operations. However, even for those that have migrated a portion of their business to the cloud, there are still lingering concerns about security. While these fears are beginning to subside as more businesses see how to best utilize the cloud, they are not fully dissipated yet.

It is true there are a number of challenges or barriers to entry into cloud services, but here’s the good news: there are workarounds and ways to overcome just about any security threat you may face in the cloud. What are a few of the more common issues the enterprise sees?

Where’s your data now?

There’s nothing wrong with entrusting your data to a managed service provider (MSP), though it’s easy for businesses to forget that their data is currently housed elsewhere. The current infrastructure must be secure, which includes making sure anything that’s encrypted has a key, and that not just anyone can access vital information.

Whether you’re keeping cloud services in-house or partnering with an MSP, it’s best to develop a plan. An MSP will constantly monitor your information, ensuring it remains secure. If you partner with one, you’ll be able to focus on other tasks. However, for some companies, it makes sense to keep everything in-house. For instance, you may have an internal IT team dedicated solely towards security monitoring, addressing threats before they happen. You could also do a combination of both, with certain data and apps on-prem and others housed elsewhere. Discuss with your team which choice would be best, laying out all your options before blindly make a decision. With a solid plan in hand, you can invest the time and energy into finding the right partner for your organization, rather than reacting after the fact to a potentially crippling security issue.

Not reaching maximum efficiency

There’s nothing worse than an operation that’s being brought down by inefficiencies. Yet it’s common at a number of organizations—there may be two people working on the same task that one person can easily handle, or a big chain of people that need to review one item. Inefficiencies reduce morale and can be costly on their own, but they also open up the possibility for security risks. The more inefficient a process or application is, the more likely it is to present a security issue, whether immediately or down the line.

Automation is your friend here. It can reduce some of the more routine tasks that are prone to human error, allowing those workers to focus on projects that are more suited to their skill sets. Additionally, automating the data correlation process eliminates the human need for detection; rather, if a security issue does arise, they’ll be notified, and can hone in on a resolution. And since you should already have a plan in place, you’ll be ready to roll.

The important thing here is to consistently reassess your strategy. What used to be the best method of doing something last year may not be the best today.

Cloud Complexity

A common barrier to entry of cloud migration is the complexity of the cloud. When coupled with a general lack of awareness and specialized skillsets, it can make technical aspects seem like a nightmare. There may be confusion on authorization management, billing processes, governance, or all other kinds of technical aspects.

Again, this is where internal planning is so important. For starters, answer the question of why your business is turning to the cloud in the first place. Will a single solution make you the most successful, or will a hybrid model work best? Once you’ve established that, you can work to establish a plan to get the people, processes, and technologies your team needs in the correct place. After that, a smooth migration awaits. Just make sure everyone is sticking to the same plan, and continue to review it and update as needed.

For those with only minimal experience in the cloud, it can be scary to think of moving some or all of your data. But with the right approach – having a clear vision and finding the perfect partner for your organization’s needs – will ensure your time with the cloud truly does reach new heights.

About David Lucky

David Lucky
As Datapipe’s Director of Product Management, David has unique insight into the latest product developments for private, public, and hybrid cloud platforms and a keen understanding of industry trends and their impact on business development. David writes about a wide variety of topics including security and compliance, AWS, Microsoft, and business strategy.

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