Hosting your company’s data and systems in on-premise servers comes with its fair share of challenges, and despite its convenience and flexibility, cloud servers have their own problems as well. 

This is partly due to the fact that public clouds don’t have the clearest security parameters, and the risks/responsibilities you have to deal with vary depending on your cloud type. 

Below is a list of some of the standard challenges your business will likely face when trying to keep your cloud systems and data secure:

Cloud security responsibilities based on cloud service type

Regardless of which type of cloud service your business decides to adopt, your company will in some way have to take responsibility for your cloud security, even if the service type takes care of much of it for you. 

Below are three of the most popular types of cloud services and their associated security responsibilities: 

What is Zero Trust and why it matters

Zero Trust, first coined by John Kindervag in 2010, refers to the networking idea that businesses shouldn’t automatically trust any person or entity within our outside of your cloud network—all incoming communication should be inspected, verified, and secured. 

This is in contrast to businesses that fail to properly vet incoming and outgoing information from their networks. As a policy, it helps to promote a least privileged governance strategy where users are only given access to specific resources they need to fulfill their duties. 

For instance, if you were to hire a freelancer to edit some of your articles, you would only give them access to specific documents they need to edit, not your entire G-suite account.

In addition to this, Zero Trust networks take advantage of micro-segmentation, which is a method of dealing with your cloud network security in a more granular way. The more detailed a view you have into your cloud network security, the easier it is to accurately secure traffic. 

Once your business is set up with a solid cloud security solution, you might be tempted to just kick back and let it do its continuous work. 

This is inadvisable as even the best security systems should be monitored to make sure they’re functioning properly. In fact, doing these types of checks should be part of the processes that build up your solid security stack. 

We recommend that you regularly make an assessment of your data and systems every 6 months to a year. These assessments can take a serious amount of time and effort, especially for larger companies dealing with unwieldy amounts of data. 

Luckily, Commprise can relieve you of that burden with our Managed Security Services. We deliver the technology, insight, and oversight your organizations’ IT requires for top-notch security, and we tailor our strategy and solutions to your unique needs.