Nine out of 10 cybersecurity professionals are concerned about cloud security. Some of their biggest challenges is protecting against data loss and leakage, data privacy threats, and breaches of confidentiality.
todayJuly 7, 2022
The importance of data protection in the cloud is not new, but it’s become more of a priority as cybercriminals continue to target companies and their information. Businesses should be careful when they store sensitive details like customer records or financial transactions on external servers that are owned by third parties because these hackers can also access them without any warning signs until after an attack has already occurred.
The transition from on-premise infrastructure to cloud services is happening faster than ever before. A 2018 survey by IDG1, a leading technology media company announced that 73% of companies had applications or data in the clouds with another 17% expected to make the transition within the next year.
Today it is the norm for companies to collect massive amounts of data ranging in classification from normal everyday communication with coworkers to highly confidential financial, and customer data. More and more of this data is being moved to the cloud and storing it in more places than ever – public, private and hybrid clouds, cloud storage environments, and various third-party applications.
As companies transition their data and applications to the cloud, they are quickly discovering how complicated protecting and securing their data across multiple environments can be. For example:
Compliance is also a really big deal. Data protection and privacy laws such as the General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR, in the EU; the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, or HIPAA, in the U.S., and others can be time-consuming. It can be incredibly difficult for companies to consistently establish and enforce security policies across multiple cloud environments, let alone prove compliance to auditors.
It should not come as a shock that for the reasons highlighted above, nine out of 10 cybersecurity professionals are concerned about cloud security. Some of their biggest challenges is protecting against data loss and leakage, data privacy threats, and breaches of confidentiality.
This also explains why the data protection market is projected to surpass US$158 billion by 20242
To successfully protect and secure their data in cloud environments, companies must first know:
After getting this information, companies must then put forth an automated cloud data protection solution. A solution that will help them discover, classify, monitor, protect, and secure their applications and data in an environment-agnostic way. This solution must also be able to distinguish between everyday activities and potentially suspicious ones.
The benefits of cloud data protection are that it enables companies to:
Sometimes all you want is to be pointed in the right place so that you can do your own research. Below we list out some links we have found helpful for understanding cloud data protection for each of the major cloud service providers.
Amazon Web Services (AWS):
Google Cloud Platform:
For more information or guidance on cloud data protection and cloud security, please contact us. We’d love to help.
Written by: Josh Barnett
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