In some cases there is a central management tool that offers standardized security, others do not and in some cases it is no more standardized than the way data is collected, analyzed and stored. However, it does not matter whether or not these security solutions offer standardized interfaces for preventing and resolving malicious behavior. All that matters is that the security you provide to your users is the same as the one they are used to. This may also extend to maintaining the same tools and procedures for security incidents.
Do not rush. Do everything in your power to improve your existing security by combining the resources of data collection, storage and analysis to increase the security level of your users’ online experiences. It may be a challenge to secure a rapidly growing service, especially if you are not using enterprise security solutions. However, you are better off taking your time to implement an effective solution and invest in security to ensure the service remains successful.
An example of a data breach in the cloud
While there is a lot of talk about security at the moment, you might be surprised to know that almost 70 per cent of service providers have not stored or transmitted any sensitive data in the past 12 months. In comparison, data breaches and privacy breaches affect 50 per cent of businesses.
Cloud security is no different even if your organization is hosted on a data center, data breaches are still common and it is important that you keep up to date with current security measures and practices to minimize the risk of such incidents (look here to get all the details).
As well as ensuring that your users’ sensitive data is stored securely, you must also ensure that no other party can gain access to your infrastructure. Unless your customers explicitly indicate that they have delegated their permissions to an IT person, it is impossible for someone to become a full or part time employee without breaking the law. As with the financial services industry, when people don’t fully understand what they are agreeing to, it can be hard to determine whether the terms of service are fair.
What about encryption?
On-premises data centres have been able to access data for some time now. However, encryption is now common practice and is a key element of securing data in a cloud environment. Encryption is essential to secure data storage in a cloud environment.
Encryption is a technique for protecting data and data components in a way that prevents unauthorized access. Data stored on our cloud service could be encrypted with keys that can only be unlocked by authorized individuals.