Getting a more secure public cloud

Monday 7 September 2015

There are a number of different ways that an organisation can ensure that their use of the public cloud is more secure. With more businesses than ever making the move over to the public cloud, security has become a concern. A data breach can be catastrophic for any business, with loss of data and revenue as well as the reputation of a company at stake.

The first step to getting a more secure service from the public cloud is to confirm that internal standards and procedures are aligned with those of the cloud provider. With public cloud, security is the responsibility of both provider and user. Internal data and security thereof needs to be adapted to fit in with the cloud provider’s system. Security measures that could be taken include a next generation firewall, an intrusion prevention system, application control, a virtual private network and content filtering, among other measures.

Security systems also need to be regularly updated when using the public cloud. With technology moving along at a rapid pace, security measures need to be able to move with it. One option is to hire a managed security service provider with expert knowledge in this area, if internal IT staff are not able to handle this.

Above all, keep in mind that the public cloud is not designed to instantly meet the needs of every company. Each company is unique and has different aims. Research, planning and reviews should all be part of the process to ensure that the cloud service is working for you.

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