The large proportion of us have had to face up to the challenges of remote working over the last couple of months, and as a result will have needed to share and work on files from the office at home by utilising the Cloud. With this comes increased risk as hackers will see this as an opportunity and have placed a greater focus and more resources on infiltrating servers, whether they are located on-prem or in the public cloud. We are hearing all the time about major corporations all around the world losing vital files and customer details and whilst cloud security is evolving, so are the attackers. The figures from our partners Sophos’s latest State of Cloud Security survey will be frightening for many organisations and we believe these figures are only going to grow as the demand for Cloud services rises around the world:
There are many benefits to using a Cloud-based solution for a dispersed workforce (which many companies now find themselves with), from increased mobility and flexibility to potential cost savings, but without the proper security details this can become a liability. Moreover, 30% of people find convincing senior management to invest in Cloud cybersecurity difficult, not seeing the value until it’s too late. So, what can be done to minimise the risks of a breach in your defence?
Key to this, as with most areas of security, is being proactive. Investment in cloud security with anti-malware technology is needed, with malware the number one threat to organisational defences according to Sophos. Furthermore, constant monitoring and checks can significantly reduce the likelihood of breaches, especially now as workers become more settled into working away from the office. Part of this should include managing access levels and permission levels, which is an easy way for criminals to steal someone else’s IT identity and find themselves inside your organisation. Finally, cybercriminals are persistent by nature and will utilise a wide range of techniques to get around defences and find a weakness that can be exploited, meaning that you need to ensure your defence covers all possible vectors of attack, no matter where your data is held.
Cloud security will become a major talking point in IT circles in the coming months, with many businesses (including ourselves) finding remote working can become the new normal. Its not too late to become proactive rather than reactive with regards to your Cloud defence. eacs has years of experience working with organisations from both the public and private sector to transform their workspace. From planning and implementing your Cloud solution to 24/7 support, eacs is here to help.
eacs can talk you through the options. Whether you are already using Configuration Manager, or you are on a journey towards a cloud-based device management product, eacs can find the optimum solution for your IT organisation. For more information or to talk with one of our specialists, contact eacs by either emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 0800 8047 256.