There is no such thing as a perfectly secure information technology (IT) architecture. However, this by no means implies that protection against internal vulnerabilities and external threats is not required.
In the wake of the global Covid-19 pandemic, we have witnessed an unprecedented increase in the adoption of cloud computing services, such as the ones being offered by Cloud Service Provider (CSP) dinCloud.
It would be wrong to say that the global pandemic is the sole factor that’s accelerating the adoption of cloud technologies. In fact, this pandemic has just acted as a stimulus to accelerate the pace and scope of embracing cloud technologies.
In this post, we will analyze how the cyber security measures of Cloud Service Providers (CSP) like dinCloud fare against both internal vulnerabilities and external threats. Before we start, let’s discuss the current trend of cloud adoption.
Effects of Increased Cloud Adoption
There has been a rapid adoption of cloud powered services by organizations across the globe. This trend has been seen across the board in entities belonging to a wide range of industries and of varying sizes.
How does this accelerated adoption of the cloud impact its security? Well, as more and more processes or workloads migrate to the cloud, the overall “threat surface” is increasing with every passing day.
Cloud Providers – A Prized Target
There is another very important dimension to cloud security. A single cloud provider houses the mission critical data and applications of a large number of organizations. If cyber miscreants can circumvent security protocols, the “prize”, so to say is huge.
For this very reason, cloud providers have been under increasing incidents of cyber attacks, where nefarious actors have tried to break into the security protocols in place at the cloud provider’s end. So far, most of these nefarious attempts have proved futile.
Understanding the Weak Link
Before you can truly contemplate cloud security, you will have to understand a very critical weak link, and that’s the very end users of cloud services. This is one area which remains the prime focus of cyber miscreants out there.
No matter how good the cyber security protocols at the Cloud Service Provider (CSP) level, they won’t deliver the desired level of protection from external threats unless end users of cloud services fully understand their role in securing the cloud.
The Shared Responsibility Model
Security in the cloud works best under a “shared responsibility model”. As the name suggests, both the cloud provider (CSP) and the end users of the cloud will have to play their respective roles in keeping cloud data safe from predators.
This starts from a simple step such as keeping your login credentials safe and avoiding pretty obvious passcodes or passwords. Then, leading cloud providers like dinCloud have introduced a Two Factor Authentication (2FA) before access is granted to cloud data.
Cloud Providers – Built in Failover
Responsible Cloud Service Providers (CSP) like dinCloud offer Disaster Recovery (DR) and Business Continuity (BC) built into the service. While this is the last resort, organizations have to plan for such contingencies.
Cloud providers like dinCloud maintain segregated backups of your data over the cloud. These backups are thoroughly screened and scanned for any embedded vulnerabilities that trigger data loss in case of any recovery attempt.
In a nutshell, you are in a far better position as an organization if you entrust your data to a secure cloud provider like dinCloud. You may lack both the human and financial resources to fully secure your data, while we are constantly improving our cyber security posture.
We at dinCloud take a holistic approach to cyber security that covers both internal vulnerabilities and external cyber threats. However, truly securing data over the cloud is achieved only with the joint contribution of both the cloud provider and end users.
If you have any further questions or concerns around security of our cloud solutions, feel free to Contact Us.