5 Cloud Security Best Practices To Implement Today

Here are 5 simple Cloud Security Best Practices to help keep your very public cloud safe. (As you get to know us, you’ll also get that we’re all about making the complex simple, even friendly, without sacrificing squat.)

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80 percent of organizations cite cloud security as their top challenge, according to the 2021 Flexera State of the Cloud report – yet knowing every potential issue and challenge is impossible. 

With the number of data breaches rising every year (wow – over 1300 in 2021 affecting 281.5 million, folks), it has never been more important to keep critical data guarded like it had Secret Service protection.

While we could write books about the ins and outs of cloud security strategy, we’ve opted to keep things simple (as usual) with 5 cloud security best practices.

  1. Know your cloud data and risk
  2. Address security vulnerabilities ASAP
  3. Share as little as possible
  4. Compliance and security go hand in hand
  5. Train. Train. Train. And then check back later to make sure it stuck

Know Your Cloud Data and Risk

Even the most experienced cloud users need to understand:

  • The type of data they’re putting in the cloud
  • The level of risk it poses if/when a data breach is detected

Knowing this info will help guide you and your team to develop an overall incident response plan. Your risk level will vary depending on the kind of data you have stored in the cloud. Is it mission-critical application data? Or simply a few UAT servers for testing? 

Knowing your risk and creating a plan to respond appropriately can put you miles ahead of your competitors.

Address Security Vulnerabilities ASAP

Let’s be honest, incidents and security threats will happen. The quicker and better prepared you are to react, the quicker you can contain any damage.

According to IBM’s 2021 Cost of a Data Breach report, it takes an average of 287 days to detect a data breach - that’s over 9 months! Think about that. In the same amount of time it takes most companies to discover a data breach, a baby has been created and born. (This is one “reveal party” you do NOT want to attend.)

Fortunately, using third-party tools like Tenacity Cloud to identify external (or even internal) threats can help you “catch and contain” threats within hours of an environment being stood up. That’s superhero level stuff that could save millions in damages, lost revenue, and resource consumption that would otherwise be spent fixing a breach. If that sounds exaggerated, check IBM’s report again — it found savings of $1.12 million for data breaches detected in fewer than 200 days.

Share as Little as Possible

When it comes to sensitive information, sharing isn’t caring. Unlike social media, data isn’t a popularity contest — you don’t want everyone seeing and sharing it with their own networks. Keep as much of your data on a need-to-know basis as possible. The more people and systems that have access to it, the more endpoints that can potentially be breached.

Compliance and Security Go Hand in Hand

Cloud compliance is another area that should be top-of-mind for organizations — and one that’s typically found snuggling up with Security as a top challenge. Compliance in the public cloud can be particularly challenging because of the (mistaken) mindset that using hyperscalers like AWS or Azure automatically make your organization cloud compliant. (You’ll see that’s fake news, just look at AWS’s shared responsibility model.) 

We don’t recommend slaying the compliance beast alone — take advantage of third-party tools to help lead the charge. For example, along with identifying security vulnerabilities, Tenacity continuously monitors your AWS Compliance Posture and provides one-click, auditor-ready reporting from an easy-to-use console. Bam! You can track compliance scores over time, identify open issues immediately, and track your team’s progress towards remediation.

Train. Train. Train. And then check back later to make sure it stuck

Cloud Security is a practice best done as a team. You can have all the security tools in the world, but humans are, well… human. So until the day humans no longer have to operate them, mistakes can still happen. 

All employees, from the cybersecurity guru to the humble bookkeeper, should know how to recognize a security threat and who they should report those threats to. Developing a culture of security at your organization will go a long way towards motivating ALL employees to stay up to date with their training. Consistently reviewing and evolving your security policies and procedures can provide important life lessons when an actual event occurs.

Practice these Best Practices. You’ll be well on your way towards strengthening your cybersecurity posture, providing a real and incredible value to your organization – and ultimately, to your customers. 

If you’re thinking it’s time to strengthen your Cloud Security practices, you’re in the right place. Tenacity is the user-friendly, super-smart solution for small to mid-size companies. We make it easy to take the stress off of you and your system.

In the process, you could realize up to 30% cost savings. Contact us here to learn more. 

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