This column was written by Aaron Fu, CTO of UniPrint.net. Aaron is the guest blogger for this article. Learn more about UniPrint.
By adopting cloud computing, organizations are now able to focus their resources on developing their core strategies and enhancing their strengths, rather than exhausting their funds on hardware and software expenses.
With cloud services rapidly gaining popularity and acceptance in today’s enterprise world, cloud security has become a major concern for companies across the globe.
By implementing cloud computing, firms lose direct regulation of the system that they are shifting to the cloud, subsequently raising questions pertaining to cloud security.
In this article, we’ll focus on 4 crucial cloud security challenges, and briefly discuss how you can ensure security in your cloud environment!
- Data Breaches
A data breach may be an intentional or unintentional event, where confidential information is released to an unauthorized party.
Although not specific to cloud computing, data breaches are a significant cloud security concern for organizations who have adopted cloud computing or are looking to adopt cloud computing in the future.
Data breaches in a cloud environment typically occur due to weakness of user authentication and authorization, along with lack of encryption.
Therefore, the most effective measures for guaranteeing cloud security and protection from data breaches include ensuring sufficient multifactor authentication, using strong access credentials, and enforcing encryption of data.
- Data Loss
Data loss occurs when data is deleted, becomes corrupted, or is rendered unreadable and unusable for an application or system user.
Although data loss in the cloud is usually associated with hackers stealing data, data may also be erroneously erased by authorized employees, or lost due to unexpected physical events such as outages, storms, fires, etc.
To ensure cloud security and prevention of data loss, organizations should look for cloud service providers who have reliable data loss prevention systems in place, along with several mechanisms to back up data.
Service providers ought to offer options to store data in multiple remote locations, so as to not lose all data in the event of a catastrophic event affecting one of its data storage sites.
- Shared Vendor Access Risk
Since cloud companies provide their services to multiple concurrent tenants, this naturally raises questions pertaining to the cloud security risk of co-occupants of the same cloud service provider accessing each other’s cloud content.
Firms who are looking to move to the cloud should focus on choosing service providers who regularly release and implement patches to prevent this type of access, and ensure isolation measures to prevent tenants from accessing the cloud content of other inhabitants.
- Printing in the Cloud
Along with the swift rise of cloud computing, cloud printing has also simultaneously taken over the enterprise world.
Just as cloud computing has its host of related cloud security concerns, printing in the cloud also brings about security issues of its own.
In order to ensure a secure cloud printing infrastructure, organizations should encrypt all outbound and inbound print data, implement private cloud if possible to ensure no risk of access from co-occupants of a shared third-party cloud service, and setup secure pull printing in order to avoid hardcopy data breach and ensure confidentiality of print jobs being released to print stations.