To stay relevant in today’s business environment and retain a competitive edge, most organizations have transitioned their infrastructure and data to the cloud. Due to its agility, efficiency, and ability to seamlessly integrate and deploy new technologies, more and more organizations are moving to the public cloud.
Although the public cloud brings a lot of advanced functionality and features to the table, most enterprises remain uncertain as to the security and accessibility of their data, especially when it lives in someone else’s data center.
Loss of Control
Enterprises are accustomed to the fine-grained control (over their data and infrastructure) provided by on-premises data centers. The loss of such control is discomfiting and raises some security concerns. Furthermore, recent years have witnessed an increase in the number and sophistication of cyber attacks and data breaches on the cloud. These factors (among others) have added to the security concerns/issues that damage organizations’ confidence in the cloud.
How to Prevent Cloud Data Breaches
The following are some actionable steps you can take to prevent enterprise cloud data breaches and reduce/eliminate the vulnerabilities through which hackers compromise cloud data and networks.
- Backing up public cloud resources.
- Micro-segmenting access, network resources, and JEA for users.
- Monitoring, auditing, and proactive alerting.
- Using CASBs.
- Encryption of in-flight and at-rest data.
There is no silver bullet when it comes to the security of data on the cloud. The best cloud security strategies leverage a combination of best practices and technologies to identify and plug vulnerabilities that can be exploited by hackers.
Encrypting both in-flight and at-rest data helps to prevent the sale and unauthorized/malicious use of organizations’ data assets. Even if cybercriminals successfully breach a network, any data they steal is effectively useless without the encryption key.
The Need for CASBs
However, the most effective means of preventing enterprise cloud data breaches is through the use of CASBs. Cloud Access Security Brokers enable the easy implementation of public cloud security best practices and examine all traffic to ensure that it conforms to stipulated policy and security baselines. CASBs help to detect and prevent unauthorized access, sharing, downloading, and other high-risk operations on sensitive data.
With the increasing fragility of today’s information world, CASBs have become the cornerstones on which enterprises base their public cloud security efforts. By leveraging McAfee Skyhigh, you’ll be able to guarantee the safety of your data and hassle-free governance of enterprise-sanctioned cloud applications.