You took the plunge. You successfully migrated your critical data to the cloud, and the aftermath was indescribably beautiful. Not only did you eliminate the high costs of upgrading and maintaining your servers, but now you can harness the power of Big Data with a scalable infrastructure.
You feel confident in your migration, and you’re ready to reap the benefits of the cloud. But, what you fail to realize is that your company made some mistakes that could lead to costly data breaches if not corrected in time. To help you build a nearly impenetrable cloud structure, we’re uncovering 4 common mistakes made in data security:
1) Failing to understand your data
Before you can secure your business data, you need to gain a deeper understanding of what it is you’re trying to protect. You and your employees will need to ask these questions:
- What data is most important?
- Who needs access to this data?
- How does data flow through our company?
- How long does it exist?
- Does it get duplicated? And, if so, by whom?
- What’s the worst case scenario if our data is lost or shared with our competition?
These questions may be painful to ask, but they’re absolutely essential for cybersecurity. Understanding the importance of your data, and how it functions in your business, will help you prioritize your data and avoid potential threats like hackers and disgruntled employees.
2) Failing to encrypt data
Many businesses encrypt data at rest (or stored data), but fail to encrypt data in transit or vice versa. Data should be encrypted no matter where it resides. If data in flight isn’t properly protected, hackers or unauthorized employees could gain access. The same goes for unencrypted data at rest. The right cloud services provider will encrypt data both when it’s stored in rest in the cloud AND as it traverses the Internet, ensuring your sensitive data is protected at all times.
3) Failing to control access to the cloud
In the cloud, your data can be accessed from virtually anywhere. This means employees can now access data remotely, while they’re working from home, at a conference or on a business trip. It also means that data could easily fall into the wrong hands if you don’t have authorization levels in place.
Implement access controls for any sensitive business data, especially customers’ contact and billing information. Make sure you only provide authorization to a select few who need this information to get their job done.
4) Failing to maintain the cloud
You can move your data to the cloud, implement all of the above security measures and then, when you’re least expecting it, lose your data when disaster strikes because you failed to maintain the cloud. As with servers and hardware, the cloud needs to be consistently and regularly maintained with data backups, patches and updates.
Some businesses will avoid cloud updates because they fear the cost or downtime. Whatever the reason, don’t let all your careful planning and efforts go to waste. Many cloud services providers offer comprehensive backup and recovery solutions to help you achieve end-to-end business continuity. They’ll ensure you can securely and reliably recover data when you need it most.
Do you have vulnerabilities and data protection gaps in your infrastructure? Learn how you can safeguard the availability of your environment by downloading our guide Security, Manageability, Reliability: The Keys Safe Data here.