Migration to the cloud has accelerated to support businesses to enable them to continue to operate remotely in response to Covid-19. It has proven to be a powerful and useful set of technologies with significant benefits, even for the smallest of enterprises.
However, while adopting a cloud-first strategy brings vast opportunities, being aware of the security, data privacy and compliance issues that it can pose is essential to its success.
Key things to watch out for
When selecting a cloud service provider, organisations need to review the security options it provides and assess if it fits their needs to mitigate threats.
For instance, a business may find in the event of an incident that they have little control over how long critical business systems may be offline and how well a breach is managed, unless they have carried out due diligence during the selection process.
A lack of visibility to security vulnerabilities can lead to a business failing to identify potential risks, while a lack of transparency can make it difficult to rationally evaluate whether information is continuously being stored and processed securely or in accordance with ever-changing data privacy regulations. The responsibilities of both parties need to be clearly defined and agreed before any deployment.
Addressing cloud security challenges
The speed and agility of cloud hosting services and applications has compelled enterprises to migrate their infrastructures to the cloud, and today’s global interconnectivity means that data needs to be accessible from anywhere, whenever required and across any device.
Organisations need to be aware of relevant security challenges when devising a cloud-first strategy. These include data protection and compliance but also operational considerations, for instance:
Having the ability to integrate security solutions for on-premises and cloud workloads
Striking a balance between operational agility, data protection and compliance
Deploying consistent security policies across the hybrid cloud
Automating virtual machine (VM) discovery to ensure visibility and having control over dynamic infrastructure.
Establishing best practices for cloud adoption
Successful cloud adoption requires investing in regular employee training so that cybersecurity awareness becomes a priority and part of the company’s culture.
It demands a mindset shift that does not view a person who opens the wrong attachment as the point of failure, rather instead acknowledging that it is the security and training structure around that individual that has failed – and reviewing it.
Some of the most potent cyberattacks that are out there today rely on human error and are done through email. Many attackers cast wide to see what they can get, but an advanced attacker with the correct information can create a highly targeted scheme to work their way into a system or network.
At BSI, we would advise investing in a ‘live fire’ simulation to test awareness levels so that employees can learn to identify risks. This will provide data on where improvements can be made and support planning for future training sessions.
The ongoing working environment demands integrating a trustworthy security solution and implies directing the security officer to the job without impact on performance or compromising security capabilities.
Businesses therefore need to take the necessary steps to ensure a cyber resilient cloud-first strategy to sustain business success and our BSI Cybersecurity and Information Resilience expert consultants are here to help.
The Consulting Services team at BSI provides an expansive range of solutions to help organisations address challenges in cybersecurity, information management and privacy, security awareness and compliance.
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