Like the change in technology, the targeted attacks too have changed in the recent years. With technology paving way for remote accessibility to desktops and workstations the surge of attacks are directed to the remote users, thus changing the cyber security landscape of the technology enabled business environment. The modus operandi of targeting the new age hand held devices, smartphones and tablets is the ability to bypass the network security controls beyond the encryption. Further, as the most of the applications for the new age devices are based on the cloud, enterprises should take adequate steps towards cloud security and ensure data protection.
Cloud security as defined by Wikipedia is an evolving sub-domain of network security, and on a broader perspective information security and refers to a set of policies, technologies, and controls deployed to protect data, applications, and the associated infrastructure of cloud computing. Security issues concerning cloud computing are either faced by the cloud providers or by the customers. Whatever the case may be this is all related to ensuring data protection.
Though cloud computing ushers in a host of benefits of delivering convenient technology solutions cost-effectively, adoption of cloud brings in issues of security associated with risks. The use of efficient cloud security architecture along with risk management frameworks will help enterprises to recognize issues that will arise with security management. Further, with critical business data and information stored in digital formats, data protection is of prime importance for organizations and securing it is important irrespective of where data is stored.
Leading service providers have designed and developed technical solutions, process frameworks to help enterprises and government clientele with secure cloud initiatives and efficiently manage the risks. Enterprises while deploying cloud security needs to establish factors such as
Location of data: The vastness of the cloud should not work as a security hindrance
Strong encryption : in a scalable environment, incorporating encryption of data on the cloud will ensure data protection and cloud security.
Disaster recovery Plan: Irrespective of the business plan being in a physical store or virtual environment like a web store,most IT infrastructure enterprises do not have a business continuity and data restoration plans. Deploying an efficient disaster recovery plan will help the enterprises in protecting their valuable assets, besides ensuring protection of data.
However, a completely logical and well structured model based on an understanding of an enterprises needs and policies is the key to a robust cloud security system. Such a cloud model considers essentials features like data value, compliance, attitude to risk, and areas of potential exposure. Moreover, identifying the enterprise’s business priorities facilitates in accurate understanding the context and security concerns.