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Cloud security: how to secure your data in the cloud

Securing your business critical data in the cloud

Modern business is almost indisputably carried out within the cloud and with this comes numerous benefits such as increased working flexibility and simple real-time collaboration. Hosting Tribunal report that 94% of enterprises already use a cloud service. However, this move to the cloud increases your organisation’s attack surface, putting you at greater risk of cyberattacks. Due to this, organisations need invest in an appropriate cloud security solution. This means understanding your organisation and its processes so that you or a partner can better understand what your security solution needs to achieve.

With Sophos’ ‘The State of Cloud Security 2020’ report suggesting that 70% of organisations suffered a public cloud security breach in the last year, it truly is vital to be implementing effective security solutions and soon. By not acting swiftly your critical company data is vulnerable to attack and with Ransomware and phishing attacks on the rise (with 50% of organisations being hit by some form of malware in the last year) there really is no time to lose.

View Hosting Tribunal's report here

Top concerning risks

Sophos’ report found that some of the most common concerns surrounding cloud security included:

  • Malware
  • Data Loss
  • Identifying and responding to security incidents

However, the report also highlighted the mass risk posed by security misconfiguration and stolen account credentials.

How can you respond to these risks?

Not everyone will choose the same security solutions as organisations are built, and operate, differently. However, a common tool used to defend against data loss is Microsoft 365, with all Microsoft 365 business licenses offering security and compliance tools, and the Business Premium license also offering advanced threat protection. These tools protect against malware threats and allow you to control who has access to certain business information.

Many organisations also choose to utilise the capabilities of a third-party tool to expand upon the security capabilities offered by Microsoft. For example, Sophos Intercept protects PCs and servers from the latest threats, including ransomware, file-less attacks, and server-specific malware. Additionally, using tools such as Datto, organisations can encrypt and back up data outside of the Microsoft Cloud, further minimising the impact of a security breach. Either of these tools offer powerful security capabilities to organisations looking to address these top concerning risks.

Risks you might not be considering

The aforementioned risks and concerns absolutely require action and attention, however, there may be other factors placing your organisation at risk. These include:

  • Ineffective management of user permissions
  • Lack of staff expertise
  • Lack of encryption

How can you respond to these risks?

Microsoft 365 offers a host of security capabilities, these capabilities vary per license (find out more here). Such capabilities include advanced threat protection, which facilitates the control of access to company information and supports the limiting of copying, forwarding, and saving of information.

Third-party applications are also available to increase protection further, such as Sophos Cloud Optix. Cloud Optix allows organisations to manage and secure their Cloud environments implementing guardrails which impede any changes, accidental or malicious, that may impact your security posture.

How you can improve your security

Ultimately, the consultation of an expert can allow you to address both the foregrounded and under considered security risks that come with working in the cloud. An expert can also help you consider how to configure a security solution that fits the unique architecture of your organisation.

It is greatly beneficial, when exploring security solutions, to act pro-actively rather than reactively. This allows you to protect your organisation and its data, as well as meet compliancy requirements. Consider the architecture of your organisation, and how your processes operate, as this will allow you to choose a layer defense that works for you.

It is also important to be aware of your responsibilities within cloud security. You can find out more about this here.

Introducing the tools

Microsoft 365

A complete and intelligent solution that combines the features of O365 with Enterprise Mobility + Security, providing a complete cloud productivity solution.

Find out more here

Sophos

Cybersecurity evolved. Powerful unified threat management, anti-ransomware and cloud infrastructure security giving you peace of mind.

Find out more here

Managed Services

An innovative, end-to-end service from Synergi that provides either a fully outsourced model or a co-managed approach.

Find out more here

Key Takeaways

#1

The majority of organisations have experienced a cloud security breach within the last year

Find out more in Sophos' report

#2

Organisations are identifying concerns surrounding malware and data loss but aren’t connecting this with a need for security expertise

#3

It is vital for organisations to implement a pro-active, layered security defense in order to protect their business critical data

Next Steps

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