19 Feb Three ways to optimise cloud-first organisational security
The increased adoption of collaborative tools and technologies has changed the way business is done. It’s become standard for most office-based organisations to include online tools that promote better cooperation between teams. This includes video technologies like Zoom and Skype, as well as collaborative work and messaging platforms such as Slack and Microsoft Teams.
Many businesses rapidly accelerated their adoption of cloud-based technologies in 2020 to ensure business continuity in response to COVID-19. However, the quick transition to remote work and cloud-based tools has potentially compromised cybersecurity strategies.
Without taking the time to implement effective and robust security processes before deploying comprehensive cloud solutions across their operations, companies may have exposed vulnerabilities in their defences.
One of the biggest threats currently facing organisations is that inadequate security precautions will let one person or device slip through the cracks and create an opening into the business. It’s essential that companies moving to the cloud take a cloud-focused security approach to minimise the risk of vulnerabilities being exploited.
Solista has identified three ways that organisations can optimise online security for a cloud-first business:
- Implement threat detection for rapid response: it’s essential to implement threat detection services across your operations to ensure company and customer data is securely protected. By deploying threat detection systems, IT security teams can be better positioned to actively defend assets against potential threats. Systems that immediately alert your IT security team to risks and breaches will significantly improve the response time to threats.
- Ensure security of cloud applications: the increase in remote work across organisations significantly expanded the number of potential access points and vulnerabilities that cybercriminals could exploit. With employees connecting devices to potentially unsecured networks, different security, identity and compliance issues need to be assessed for each new access point. Companies can mitigate risks and maintain a robust security posture by regularly validating that security measures are working effectively and ensuring each cloud application is secure.
- Develop a secure email ecosystem: email is one of the most effective forms of business communication; however, it’s also one of the most common ways for cybercriminals to attack companies. Organisations must take a holistic approach to securing email ecosystems from potential threats. This means implementing fraud protection and authentication, and protective measures for email archiving, as well as spam filters and email gateways.
It’s critical to proactively protect your new cloud environment by implementing cybersecurity measures specifically targeted towards a cloud-first business strategy. It’s also crucial to ensure each employee receives effective and ongoing training so they can identify potential threats and help protect company data and assets.
Though not every company has the resources available to deploy and maintain essential cybersecurity measures, or to deliver the appropriate training to staff, partnering with IT security vendors can help you find the solutions and support you need to protect your organisation. Solista has outlined the first four steps you need to take to optimise online security for your employees and organisation. Download our tip sheet [SH1] to learn more or contact the team today.