Cloud Security: Tips That Offer Hope

August 16, 2018
Cloud, IT Security

It’s been 12 years since Google’s CEO at the time, Eric Schmidt, introduced the concept of the “cloud” at an industry conference. (We won’t get into the debate about whether cloud computing really started 10 years prior to that at Compaq Computer.) In that 12 years, a lot has changed. There are different cloud deployment models, new and ever-changing uses for cloud computing, and much more.

One thing, however, hasn’t changed: threats to cloud security. Well, that’s not entirely true. The threats seem to be changing almost daily. What hasn’t changed is being able to put an end to them.

Whether it’s data breaches due to human error or insecure interfaces and application programming interfaces, IT professionals charged with maintaining cloud security face what often seems like a hopeless cause. It’s not so much a lack of solutions. The issue is that the threats keep changing. Cyber attackers are becoming more sophisticated. They also know how to exploit human behavior, like the tendency for employees to click on suspect links in equally suspect emails.

Unfortunately, there’s no single solution that can prevent constantly evolving cloud security threats and increasingly savvy hackers. There are, however, tactics that can minimize attacks and their repercussion. Here are three to consider:

  • Cloud Security Best Practices. While they don’t offer guarantees, cloud security best practices do represent tactics that have proven effective for many IT professionals. US Signal’s eBook, “10 Tips for Cloud Security,” covers some of the most effective of them.
  • Managed Security Services. Opting for managed security services from a cloud services provider (CSP) can provide access to cloud security expertise and the latest and greatest tools and tactics that many companies don’t have or can’t afford to maintain in-house.
  • Compliant Cloud Services. If a CSP’s cloud services are certified to meet certain compliance standards — such as those specified by PCI DSS or HIPAA, it generally means those cloud services meet very stringent security requirements.

Of course, there are many other options for beefing up cloud security and fending off existing and emerging cyber threats. To learn more about them, as well as how your security practices and protocols measure up compared to other companies like yours, talk to US Signal. Our solution architects and security specialists can assess your current cloud security and offer you options for building out a more robust, cost-effective cloud security strategy. Call 866.2. SIGNAL or email us at: [email protected].

Make sure to also take advantage of US Signal’s free eBook, “10 Tips for Cloud Security."