While the term has floated around the consumer and corporate atmosphere for years, many current users are still unsure of what the cloud exactly is, let alone how to keep themselves protected once in use.
The cloud refers to a virtual server on the internet, normally hosted by a single provider. It can be used for a variety of purposes. The growing amount of IoT devices, storage networks, and web apps use the cloud to transfer and store data instantly. iCloud, Google Drive, Dropbox, and One storage are a few examples of tech companies that host a cloud storage server.
Cloud computing has been widely adopted among young companies, many older following suit with retrofitted networks and tools that connect to the cloud. Some even credit the cloud for revolutionizing many business operations, allowing employees to instantly store files, share documents, and collaborate on projects without leaving their cubicle, office, or even home.
While big-name companies may provide plenty of up-to-date security, they’re not immune to attack. With user data being sold as a commodity on the dark web, hacking attempts on Cloud information or documents has hit an all-time high. In fact, over 70 million Dropbox passwords were recently found up for sale on the dark web, along with a string of other cyber hacks on cloud storage. Research on the average cost of a data breach shows the total to exceed $3.62 million. While lower than 2016, the number could be potentially destructive to small businesses.
Threats to the Cloud
Unfortunately, cloud computing falls into the same sticky situation as many new technologies — innovation progresses so fast that security is often compromised. With new tech comes new vulnerabilities, opening new ‘holes’ for hackers to exploit. Keeping your cloud services up-to-date can be a daunting process, especially for businesses that use the technology without an IT team to keep it secure. For IT professionals, cloud computing has a variety of upsides. Opponents raise concerns over cloud services dedication to security — too much convenience isn’t always a good thing.
As corporate clouds progress, visibility — or knowing how your companies data and users are engaging with your virtual environment – is absolutely vital to keep your networks safe. With all this interaction going on, and with data being transacted internally, externally, and through APIs and other types of connectors, keeping your cloud environment safe means you have to know where it is and how it’s being handled.
Your best defense in cloud security is an offense — keeping all of your data secure with professionally installed software that provides full visibility into your cloud network. Our partner Fortinet’s FortiCASB is a cloud-native Cloud Access Security Broker (CASB) subscription service that is designed to provide visibility, compliance, data security, and threat protection for cloud-based services being used by an organization. Call us today to see which Fortinet solution is best for your business 973-607-2140