Cloud technology is everywhere because it’s secure, easily accessible from almost anywhere, and provides an almost limitless capacity to scale to the needs of organizations of all sizes. While businesses are eager to leap into the 21st century and stop relying on computers and hard drives, they’re also wary because of the data breaches that have plagued big name brands lately. Keeping an eye on the security trends on the horizon can assuage any fears and help you to put a protection plan in place.
Security Becomes Tailor-Made
In the coming years, cloud security won’t take a one-size-fits-all approach. Breaches of security have finally proven that one size does not, in fact, fit all. New measures will take into account the infrastructure of each individual customer. Cloud and security analysts alike agree that it’s a mistake to assume that every business that relies on the cloud has the same needs. Every business will need to think of cloud security in terms of the use cases that they need to solve for. For example, organizations moving to Office 365 will need to understand what scenarios they have to be aware of to mitigate their Office 365 security pitfalls.
Tighter safety measures are necessary for larger businesses, for example, as well as for companies that have sensitive data about their clients. Taking an approach that embraces customized security will allow cloud experts to create detailed plans that are more flexible than those offered by big names in security.
Detection Trumps Prevention
Prevention is the best cure, but at some point, you have to admit that you’re infected. That’s the approach companies are likely to take in the coming year. Rather than focusing all of their time, money, and attention on protecting the data stored in their clouds, businesses will throw more of their budget toward sniffing out any hacks or security breaks and developing a response just in case a breach ever occurs.
Zero Trust, Zero Risk
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Zero trust is the idea that you have zero trust in anyone who doesn’t prove themselves trustworthy. As it applies to cloud security, the zero trust security approach involves a lockdown by the Information Technology (IT) team. Only the IT experts have full access to the cloud and all its information. They alone have the power to let users have access to the system, which isn’t allowed unless there’s a specific need. Someone who needs a tiny tidbit of information isn’t allowed open access to the cloud.
The result is that users who wish to access the cloud will have to authenticate and verify their identities through several levels. People who don’t have the proper credentials won’t have permission to see any data. It’s likely that superiors will have to verify giving employees the nod to access specific information.
Securing the Vendors
Attention now turns to plugging the holes out of which data leaks. What can companies do once the information is out of their hands, such as when they order from suppliers and vendors? An upcoming trend aims to address that by emphasizing the importance of monitoring software and similar tools which will keep an eye on vendors and their access to secure data.
The cloud is the future, and companies who realize that are already moving sensitive data and private client information onto cloud servers that promise greater reliability and tighter security. How do you think businesses can keep personal info secure from hackers and other breaches?