Cloud Security Strategies for Reducing Risk

Encryption and other strategies can improve cloud security in a multi-site situation.

The level of change in transitioning to a multi-cloud environment can be overwhelming to some organizations. One area of this change includes data privacy, which needs to remain a top priority for the enterprise IT team. The best-prepared organizations seek out a number of methods to maintain strong cloud security during the transition.

Consider, if you’re working with an on-premise environment or just a single cloud-based service provider, how much effort you put into protecting your data. Now think of going to a multi-cloud environment and imagine how your focus on protecting data should exponentially increase. How can you protect yourself while not disrupting your workflow?

Encrypt the Data

Encrypting data in an offsite environment is just good practice no matter how involved in the cloud you are. However, it’s a mandatory practice in a multi-cloud situation. A surprising number of companies are putting themselves at great risk by not adding this layer of protection.

Each one of your cloud platforms should have its own unique encryption key. By doing this, you will reduce your risk of attack on other platforms should you have an accidental key disclosure for one of them. The downside to this practice is that it can make moving data from one platform to another quite difficult.

Coding Confidence

Erasure coding is something that can be used when spreading data to several locations, which is a benefit if you’re using more than one location as a service (LaaS) platform. This keeps hackers from building entire data sets, which means even if they’re able to access a couple of your LaaS platforms, you should be okay.

The way erasure coding is approached is that an administrator will add extra storage blocks to every piece of data. They do this so that losing several storage blocks doesn’t prevent the data retrieval process. This situation can be set up across multiple cloud platforms, too, which means a hacker would have to access 75% of the information from every location to make any sense of it, which is exceptionally difficult.

Compress and Conserve

When you compress a file, it becomes unrecognizable unless you have access to the primitive data library. This is something hackers probably won’t have access to in the event that they do gain access to your compressed data.

Take it a step further by including access control with user permissions. You’re much safer coming from a situation where you’re deciding who needs to have access to sensitive data and keeping everyone else out of the loop.

At Compass Solutions, our method of protecting our clients includes improved cloud security protocols. We are laser-focused on helping our clients navigate the cloud world with better infrastructure as a service, platform as a service and disaster recovery strategies. Contact us today and find out more about how you can benefit from our services.

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