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Written by Jennifer Page
Content Strategist of Bridgecrew
Want a More Secure Cloud Environment? Here’s How
Hackers and cybercriminals aren’t going anywhere. In fact, they’re getting smarter and learning how to get around all of the security used by today’s businesses. The only way to protect the business is by staying ahead of the criminals and making sure any loopholes or issues are corrected fast before they can be exploited and data can be stolen or deleted from the cloud. Some of the ways to create a more secure cloud environment and stay ahead of hackers include the following.
Start Using Encryption
As part of the DevOps security plan for the business’s data, start using encryption. It’s important to encrypt everything in the cloud, as well as the data being transferred to and from the cloud. Even if the cloud environment is hacked, if everything is encrypted, it’s far more difficult for the cybercriminal to get anything useful.
Control Who Can Access the Cloud
Who’s able to access the data in the cloud? The fewer people that can access it, the better. Entry-level employees may not need to view data reports or have the ability to make changes to the data stored in the cloud. Instead, limit access to those who need it and consider limiting what can be seen when someone views data in the cloud.
Provide Regular Training
Shockingly, only around 31% of employees receive training on cyber security on a regular basis. Employees are one of the biggest reasons a breach can occur, as they may not realize something is a security risk, like opening emails on the office computer. Regular training can help minimize potential mistakes and help employees make sure they’re doing the right thing every day.
Use a Trusted Cloud Provider
Various cloud providers are available, so how do you choose the right one? It doesn’t have to be as hard as it seems. Learn more before picking out any cloud provider. Find out their average uptime, look into data breaches they’ve suffered, and ask other business owners if they would recommend the provider. Ask how often cyber security for the cloud is updated, too. Shopping around a bit now can prevent a number of issues later.
Secure the Endpoints
Endpoints are the devices connected to a local network that can access the cloud or transfer data to it. While minimizing the ability for employees to access the cloud, it’s still possible for viruses and other issues to happen on the company-supplied computers, laptops, and tablets. Instead, make sure all endpoints are as secure as possible. Doing so significantly reduces the potential for any issues and can help prevent cybercriminals from trying to access the data.
Check and Change Passwords
Far too many people still use passwords like “12345” or “password” as they’re looking for something that’s easy to remember. These are incredibly common, though they’re never a good idea. Unfortunately, these passwords are incredibly easy to guess. Instead, learn how to create a strong password and make sure everything has a different password before use. Use tips to create a stronger password. This will help create a password that’s going to be more effective, yet that’s going to be easy to remember.
With all of the potential problems that come with a data breach, staying on top of the security for the cloud environment is a must. Thankfully, there is a lot that businesses can do to help make the cloud environment more secure and to help prevent data loss due to cybercriminals. Use the ideas here to boost the security of your business and to make it a lot more difficult for hackers to get inside and steal or damage the data.
Debugging is Key
Defense is the most important aspect of being protected from unwanted intrusions like all the above-mentioned tactics. But you never know, your system might have been breached with a brand new technique and everything might seem normal. This can be a pretty rare case, though you must consider every single case if you are dealing with sensitive information.
Serverless technologies are becoming more and more popular in cloud environments. These systems run on black-box environments where you can not completely secure for defensive precautions. Tools like ServerlessDebugger allow you to diagnose what happens in your cloud applications down to the level of code. Unlike the old way of debugging applications, modern debugging tools allow you to get a snapshot of the values of local variables and the entire stack trace by using live breakpoints. Undiscovered errors, defects, bugs, or etc. can be disclosed with this technique.