As more companies introduceremote working in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, businesses are beginning to address the issue of cloud security. Although the cloud facilitates hassle-free connectivity from any location, it does raise a number of security concerns.
For businesses used to operating from one centralised location, the switch to virtual servers, content delivery networks and a distributed workforce is something of a logistical challenge. With the right security measures, however, cloud systems can be a viable option for your company.
In the same way that you should have a comprehensive IT security strategy for your on-site equipment, you need security for systems and software housedin the cloud. Once in place, security measures will ensure that your systems are secure and that your data can only be accessed by authorised personnel.
Taking a proactive approach to cybersecurity is essential for all businesses, regardless of which industry you operate in. A data leak or a breach of security can be a PR disaster for any company and salvaging your reputation after a security disaster can be costly, challenging and potentially impossible.
However, new data legislation means that many businesses are also required to implement certain security protocols. If you’re subject to the General Data Protection Regulations, for example, you’ll need to ensure that any systems housed in the cloud meet the legislative requirements you’re required to adhere to. With strict sanctions and big fines being issued to companies who breach these guidelines, it’s always advisable to have an IT security strategy in place.
If you want to get the most out of your IT system, it means having a custom infrastructure that’s geared towards your company’s needs. As a result, your cybersecurity strategy should also be unique to your organisation. Ultimately, the right mix of security measures will depend on the systems you choose to use and anyspecific guidelines that govern your industry.
Despite this, there are some common areas of cloud computing that most companies need to secure. If you’re using content delivery networks to transfer data, for example, securing CDN and making your data inaccessible will be a top priority. Similarly, if you’re using a CRM system with remote logins, you’ll need to ensure that it can be installed and maintained in the cloud without any security concerns.
When companies use a distributed workforce, they typically switch to using virtual servers too. In fact, many businesses choose to use a virtual server even when their staff are all working from one location. Although securing virtual servers is relatively easy to do, it’s something that many firms overlook. Unfortunately, this leads to unnecessary breaches, data loss and reputational damage.
If you want to protect your customers, clients and your business, having a robust cloud computing security framework is essential. At Gemraj Technologies Ltd, we specialise in creating bespoke security strategies, risk solutions and advisory services. To learn more about increasing your cloud security and safeguarding your business, contact us now on 0800 051 7679.