The days when the cloud was a security challenge are far behind us. Cloud computing has truly come into its own where cybersecurity is concerned. Rather than representing another risk to be mitigated, the cloud has become a valuable cornerstone of enterprise cybersecurity. Here are just a few ways you can leverage it within your own organization.
There was a time when the phrase “cloud computing” had connotations of poor cybersecurity, when the cloud was synonymous with threats like shadow IT, data leaks, and poorly protected data repositories. Those days are far behind us.
Today, the cloud is a cornerstone of modern business operations. It improves productivity and efficiency, enables new workflows and revenue streams, allows for greater flexibility, and vastly increases a business’s ability to scale systems and resources. Perhaps most interestingly, if effectively leveraged, it can play a central role in your organization’s cybersecurity.
Let’s talk about that – here are a few ways your business can leverage the cloud to augment its data protection strategy and improve its overall security posture.
Better Business Continuity
Business continuity, disaster recovery, and cybersecurity go hand-in-hand. In an era when more and more critical business processes are reliant on IT systems, ensuring accessibility, reliability, and uptime are cornerstones of an organization’s digital risk management strategy. They’re every bit as important as detecting and preventing cyberattacks – never mind the fact that some hackers use the distraction created by systems failure as a smokescreen for other, more illicit activities.
As it just so happens, business continuity is where the cloud really shows its chops. With a cloud solution in place, a downed system can instantly failover to the cloud, ensuring minimal downtime and service interruption. Moreover, using the cloud helps ensure your sensitive data is all kept in a single, easily protected location, in addition to restoring compromised or damaged systems via backup being simpler than ever.
By consolidating critical data, allowing for more efficient and effective backup planning, and offering greater redundancy, the cloud greatly mitigates the risk of unplanned downtime.
Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) isn’t exactly a new industry. It’s been around since at least 2000. However, with the advent of the cloud, it’s undergoing a massive evolution.
According to CSO Online, 2019 will be the year that evolution finally bears fruit. Cloud-based SIEM platforms will allow organizations to analyze and draw insights from massive volumes of cybersecurity data, reduce the cost of security analytics, and avoid many of the interoperability and operations challenges created by traditional SIEM data management strategies. Combine that with cloud platforms that offer greater visibility into network and user activity, and you have the capacity to create a deeper than ever understanding of your business’s risk profile.
By utilizing cloud analytics in tandem with machine learning, you can put together a cybersecurity strategy that allows you to be proactive, rather than reactive, when responding to threats. You can augment your business with a sort of “digital immune system” capable of mitigating minor threats on its own. And perhaps most importantly, if and when you do suffer a cyberattack, the digital forensics process will be easier than ever.
Security-Conscious Platforms And Tools
Last but certainly not least, the cloud equips businesses of all sizes with cybersecurity toolkits that might otherwise break their budgets. Everything from identity and access management to DDoS protection to
“[Major cloud providers] have invested heavily in helping their customers build security-conscious applications and infrastructures designed for today’s world, rather than the quaint naive blind trust of yesteryear’s web,” explains Forbes contributor Kalev Leetaru. “Moreover, the major cloud vendors’ global footprints mean companies can mitigate their physical risk as well by distributing their applications geographically, allowing for seamless continuity of operations even in the face of natural or human disasters.”
Think about the security tools your organization currently uses. How might you augment those with the cloud? Is there a vendor that offers a better, more effective cloud-based alternative?
A Safer Cloud Than Ever
Five years ago, the notion that the phrase “cloud cybersecurity” would apply to anything but protecting a business from the risks of the cloud would have seemed absurd. But now that the technology has finally reached maturity, it has a rather nice ring to it. With the right expertise, platforms, and tools, the cloud can help make your business more secure than ever before.
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