For any organization, data is at the core of IT security concerns, irrespective of the form of infrastructure that is in use. Both data at rest and in motion need specific consideration while using cloud services.
Security of data has both technical and procedural aspects that need to be addressed, so it is critical for a business to understand the risks associated with cloud services and the level of risk tolerance.
Distributed nature of cloud computing brings an added focus to the infrastructure and the shared responsibilities between a customer and the service provider. So, the companies that are looking to move to the cloud should get certain about their service provider and that it should be capable of providing equal or better reliability and uptime when you give control of your business-critical asset- data to it.
Ultimately, for a company looking to invest in cloud services, the key decision is to align with a provider who values security and who takes its own steps to ensure that the customer data is secure, and all endpoints are covered.
- Ensure and evaluate the security controls at the data center.
The security of an organization’s data also depends on the security of the physical infrastructure and when it comes to cloud computing, the responsibility of maintaining and managing the data center falls on the cloud service provider. So, check what are the security controls that your service provider has in place.
Protection against external and environment threats like floods, earthquakes, or other threats that have potential to disrupt cloud services.
Controls to prevent malicious actions by any personnel to prevent loss, theft, damage or compromise of assets.
Biometric-controlled locks, video surveillance and regular access reviews to ensure the physical integrity of servers.
Control of security of cabling, removal of assets and equipment security too.
The cloud service provider in UAE – MDSC1 uses Azure multifactor authentication to secure cloud applications, and also provides secure access to organizational applications and data while providing easy sign-in process.
- Evaluate the security of the cloud networks and connections of the cloud provider.
Ensure that your cloud service provider should be capable of blocking malicious network traffic and allowing only legitimate traffic. So, as a customer, you should expect some network perimeter safety measures from your cloud provider. Some of them are-
Traffic screening by firewalls either by software or devices and checks that provider is able to block attacks like DDOS.
Intrusion detection and protection systems (IDS/IPS)- virtual or real that look at the overall traffic patterns along with the content of the messages. The IDS/IPS traffic pattern analysis can often detect or block attacks known as malware attacks, virus signatures, and spam signatures, denial-of-service attack or a network scan.
Gain some visibility in the Incident reporting and incident handling procedures. As a cloud customer, you should be notified in timely manner if your machines are attacked or if they are compromised and are attacking someone else.
For internal network security, make sure your provider uses Virtual Private Networks or hypervisor based filters to separate and protect different networks from one another and from the internet.
- Ensure security and protection of your data properly.
- Prepare a data asset catalog
In order to ensure security of your data, first thing which you need to do is to identify all the data assets and classify them in terms of their criticality to your business. This will help you organize and categorize your data systematically and will make it easy and clear to find and retrieve data assets immediately when necessary.
You can add financial and legal considerations, compliance requirements, specify ownership and responsibility of data and its acceptable use in the data assets.
- Identity and access management
It is important and must for you to ensure that your cloud service provider should have processes and functionalities that govern who has access to the customer’s data and applications.
Identity and access management is a vital aspect of securing data which a service provider should make available to its customers with different authorization methods like Single Sign-On (SSO), Single Sign-Off, Identity and Access Audit, strong, multi-factor, mutual and/or even biometric authentication, Identity Provisioning and Delegation.
Remember, providers should be able to disclose and demonstrate these processes to you.
- Confidentiality, integrity and availability of data
Make sure that your sensitive data is encrypted, both when it is stored and when it is in transit, across a network. Validate the integrity of data with techniques like message digests or secure hash algorithms, allied with data duplication, redundancy and backups.
There is always a need of a failover strategy, so your provider should ensure
secure and resilient backup and recovery service to secure your data.
- Prepare a data asset catalog
Why choose MDSC1 to secure your data?
One of the reliable and renowned cloud services providers in UAE, MDSC1, provides speed and reliability for your demanding workloads and is a one stop window for the best cloud solutions in the industry. Our customers get secure storage and DR and we promise rapid availability of the data.
At MDSC1, we not only help you design, build, suggest and manage your IT infrastructure, but also offer, industry best enterprise mobility solutions where every product is priced on per user basis.
Our enterprise cloud backup as a service promises complete business data security in cloud and provides an on demand quick data recovery.
So, contact us now, if you want to have robust and safe cloud solutions for your business.