Worried that the enterprise's move to the cloud and Everything-as-a-Service will put a dent in your bottom line? Time to stop worrying and start profiting. Cloud adoption may be on the rise, but cloud adopters still need their trusted technology advisors to guide them through the process of deploying and securing their new distributed data environments--and cloud security is especially vital. Keep these three security best practices in mind to make the cloud work for your business.
1. Cloud security demands data security
For solution providers who are entrenched in the technologies and concepts of traditional, on-premises physical security infrastructure, the cloud may appear daunting because it turns those concepts on their heads. Cloud adoption typically takes at least some of the enterprise's critical data and applications far beyond the traditional enterprise perimeter and entrusts them to third-party service and infrastructure providers. That can seem like a loss not only of sales, but also of control. But when you realize that securing data in the cloud requires securing it before it ever reaches the cloud, you’ll find new opportunities in the form of cloud data encryption and tokenization gateways, data loss prevention (DLP) and activity monitoring solutions, and other tools that help enterprises maintain control over their data even when it’s housed on third-party infrastructure.
2. Cloud security demands active monitoring
One common reservation about cloud computing is the perceived loss of visibility into user activity and data access in the proposed cloud infrastructure. This is not always the case, but even solutions that allow deep visibility and control within the cloud application won't ensure cloud security if the organization lacks the manpower to provide active monitoring. Responsiveness to security alerts is critical for breach detection and leak prevention. Solution providers who can offer active monitoring to their customers are well-positioned to win long-term service contracts that more than offset the reduction in security appliance sales.
3. Cloud security demands user education
Finally, adopting cloud services can significantly increase enterprise security risks involving user access credentials. To maintain security and ensure that only authorized users gain access to cloud-based data and applications, organizations must make sure users understand how to keep their credentials safe. Poor security and password management practices are all too common and can lead to disaster for a business that falls victim to a worker's carelessness. Solution providers with the resources to offer structured user education in identity protection and Internet safety best practices can add training services to their portfolio and generate new business as well.
Cloud computing doesn't have to be a threat to the traditional technology business, as long as solution providers are willing to update their knowledge bases and change with the times. Are you ready to offer cloud security solutions and services to your enterprise customers? To learn more, speak to an Ingram Micro specialist today.