Cloud Security Features
The rapid development of IT infrastructure has also led to vulnerabilities in organizations and companies, leading to cyber-attacks and data breaches. Regardless of their size, all businesses require strict cybersecurity measures to protect their physical infrastructure and even cloud-based infrastructure. The delayed response of the organization to any breach or its inability to identify the nature of the attack leads to severe damage in terms of cost, sensitive data theft, and information leakage.
Implementing the valuable security protocol can cost too much, especially if the organization is small or medium-sized, but switching to cloud-based infrastructure can reduce costs as the service provider takes responsibility for providing smooth, risk-free, and guarded cloud computing.
Before opting for a cloud service provider, a keen check of their cloud computing security functions and features is necessary. Following features are essential for any CSPs:
Intrusion detection systems:
It is essential that the CSPs inform and update you if any malicious IP addresses are trying to intrude on your cloud infrastructure. In addition, different IT security compliance standards, including PCI and HIPAA, require service provides to provide an Intrusion Detection System for their clients to track and record any suspicious intrusion attempts.
Perimeter and Internal Firewall for individual databases:
For advanced protection against modern cyberattacks, a top-of-the-line firewall is necessary to monitor and identify the type of files, packet’s source, potential destination, and any vulnerabilities in it. Apart from the perimeter firewall, it is also necessary that the cloud service provider also ensures a strong firewall for individual applications and databases against internal attacks. For example, an employee’s hacked account can be a significant risk, as the attacker will gain easy access to organizational data comprising the perimeter firewall. An internal firewall can help limit employee’s access to certain features or applications while reducing the impact of cyberattacks on other databases.
Another cloud security feature, which is now being provided by every cloud-computing platform, is multi-factor authentication. For example, a compromised employee account or an ex-employee can be a loose end for the hackers to access the system. At the same time, multi-factor authentication will be equipped with multiple securities, including passwords, physical ID cards, biometrics, facial recognition, etc. This authentication is necessary for implication on individual access points and must be accompanied by a cloud-computing platform.
The encryption of data stored on the cloud-based infrastructure is also necessary, along with other security measures. Encrypting all the data effectively creates a shield around your sensitive data and system information. Therefore, cloud service providers must include data encryption features in their platform, providing secured services for the users. It also ensures that there is a minimal risk of theft, hacking, or unauthorized access.
Tier IV Data Centers:
Apart from the features to provide cloud security to the users, it is also crucial that the physical data centers of the CSPs should be under strict security protocols with restricted access points, armed security, and continuous monitoring. Thus, instead of a cyber-attack, direct access to the physical infrastructure can result in more serious data loss and malware intrusion into the system.
Before selecting a cloud service provider, a thorough review of the cloud computing security functions and features is required. Still, it is not enough for the complete security of your asset during the road.
After performing these features, you can utilize S4E application security testing services to fully ensure the security of your assets running in the cloud.