There are some serious ripples in the world of IT as a result of cloud computer technology. It is so flexible and so affordable that many businesses have now switched to it. However, this also means that cloud security monitoring has to be thought of. When storing on the cloud, it is effectively offsite, which can present a security risk. In fact, this is one of the things that has stopped some organizations from making the switch.
Cloud Security Monitoring Is Easy
Organizations need to develop a cloud security plan, but that is actually very easy:
- Make sure you know what your business goals are. Every business has its own security needs, but also its own compliance needs, and you need to know how to meet those.
- Make sure you understand what technology is available, and what type of technology you need. Different locations may have different needs, and those have to be met properly.
- Develop appropriate strategies that explain everything, from problem management to resources provision, from incident management to account creation. Every angle has to be covered.
- Get the experts on board. You are not expected to know everything. Talented people are around to help you with the proper implementation of cloud based working.
- Allow your staff to make suggestions. Moving onto the cloud is a change and people are resistant to change. If you involve them from the word go, they will be more likely to accept it and to use it properly as well.
One of the greatest things about going on the cloud is that you don’t have to worry about natural disasters anymore. If there is an earthquake or tornado, a bomb is dropped near your building, or something as simple as a spilled cup of coffee on the motherboard happens, nothing is lost. Everything is stored on the cloud so you can simply retrieve it again. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t develop a plan for how things will be recovered, who will recover it, how much will be recovered, and so on.
Creating Security Policies
Security has to be your main concern and it has to be compliant with the relevant rules and regulations, but also with your own policies and procedures. This means:
- Focusing on best practice.
- Making sure your policies are right for your structure.
- Aligning your policies with industry standards.
Last but not least, you need to regularly audit what has been happening. While an audit sounds scary and time consuming, and many feel that it is a trap to show how bad they are actually doing, you need to see it as a positive thing. Regular audits ensure you know where you are doing things right and where things aren’t going so well yet, so that you can put improvement measures in place. As time goes on, fewer and fewer audits will be necessary.
Moving to the cloud is a big thing. Take it slow and you will soon wonder how you ever did without.