Cloud Computing & Security Risks

How awesome it is that now you can work and access your data from anywhere at any time. This has become possible just because of cloud computing technology. 

Most of the organizations are turning towards cloud computing because of its flexibility model, remote access, and cost-effective approach. It has its benefits, but no one can deny about the security concerns that come with it.

Here are some cloud computing security concerns you need to keep in mind while selecting your cloud provider:

Data Confidentiality:

Data confidentiality can be described as only you as an authentic user can access or use your data or pass your data to another user without interruption of any third party. When you secure your data on the cloud as an authentic user, it is important that data is not available for any third party. To ensure this, make sure you read the terms and conditions of that data provider. For example, when the user “A passes its data to the user “B” then user “A” need to make sure that this data gateway is encrypted. If it is encrypted and no third party is interrupting with your data, then this is called maintaining data confidentiality.

Data Integrity:

Maintaining Data Integrity means your stored data in the cloud is not being modified. Any un-authorize person will not be able to change your data without your permission. Again, this is the responsibility of your cloud service provider. CSP also needs to make sure data integrity while migrating from one service provider to another.

Data Loss:

Data loss can be defined as theft or loss of your confidential data and important papers. A catastrophe or an accident can lead to permanent data loss unless there are some measures taken place to back-up your data. Approach your service provider and ask them about their policy in case of data loss and their back-up plans. It is recommended that you should store your data in multiple places to avoid this catastrophic situation.

Data Segregation:

Large organizations or business parties are cautious about how data is being used and who has authorized access to it. That’s why data segregation is very important. It enables involved parties to restrict data so that business contracts are not being violated. Make sure that data segregation is top-notch from your service provider to avoid any legal actions. CSP should have a stronghold on identity management and authentication.

Malware Protection To Avoid Any Targeted Cyber Attacks: 

The top security concern for any cloud computing is malware attacks. You don’t want to see your data being stolen and published somewhere on the internet. It can be fatal for the reputation of your business. CSP are constantly improving their technology to avoid these kinds of threats, so you need to make sure how good is your service provider to secure your data. Some steps you can take on your own to avoid these fatal situations by enabling multiple-authentication, daily password scanning, paid software, updating your unique passwords regularly. Remember, hackers can easily hijack your login information, so be extra careful

Cloud computing technology is phenomenal. It gives us flexibility and the ability to organize our tons of data easily. Small steps towards security can give us peace of mind we require while doing our business.