The use of cloud is becoming pervasive by the day, offering an increasing number of benefits to the business ecosystem. Organizations – whether they be small, medium or large in size, are moving to the cloud to reduce their infrastructure costs and increase efficiency.
While the advantages of cloud are many, such applications come with their own set of challenges. It makes sense to tackle any potential risks when migrating to the cloud.
Here are three key points to keep in mind when migrating your business applications onto the cloud from a security perspective–
Protect Against Breaches
One of the major concerns of most cloud adopters is the increasing number of data breaches occurring around the world. As staggeringly large as the number may appear, 2017 witnessed the record-breaking 1,579 breaches, which was 44.7 percent higher than the 1,091 disclosed in 2016, stated the 2017 Annual Data Breach Year-end Review.
It is important for every organization to have security controls that defend and protect the database against these threats as the organization ends up losing control over it. To ensure the security, as an organization you must stay on top of the things and make sure that your cloud computing provider understands this responsibility. While it is certainly in the provider’s best interest to ensure top-tier security for long-term business prospects.
Beware of Misconfigurations
Misconfigurations that accidentally and unnecessarily expose services are the biggest culprits. In the cloud, resource provisioning, management, and monitoring happen via Application Program Interfaces (APIs). Any misconfigurations during configurations can lead to catastrophe. So, the API connections must be taken care of during the early stages while providing cloud services to the client.
In addition, teams must ensure that virtualization, identity and access management (IAM), workload protection, and network security and encryption are a part of this architecture blueprint.
Not having a Recovery Plan
What would happen if your client loses the most recent version of his database due to a backup error? This could affect their sales as a result, or could be a miss out on profitability. How to ensure clients that it can be taken care of? Companies often put off ensuring they have a full disaster recovery plan in place, thinking it will never happen, but it’s vitally important to have a plan that you have tested to ensure it works.
There are any number of things that can cause data loss in business including storms, flooding, fire, equipment failure or human error. Providing a comprehensive disaster recovery plan can mitigate this and ensure your business is protected.
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