The Lighter Side Of The Cloud – Google Glass
The Lighter Side Of The Cloud – Music Collection
The Lighter Side Of The Cloud – Disaster Recovery
The Lighter Side Of The Cloud – Big Data Project
The Lighter Side Of The Cloud – Obscurity

Security In The Cloud – Maintaining A Secure Environment

Security In The Cloud – Maintaining A Secure Environment

One of the most prevalent points brought up by skeptics of cloud computing is the integrity of the security for said systems. Different reservations are held against different models of cloud computing, in particular for public clouds. The mere fact that public clouds host environments for multiple organizations and further supply the ability to accommodate multiple tenants for each group give the perception that information stored on such system may be accessible to anyone.

The effectiveness of the security of a cloud system relies on several different factors. First and foremost, the infrastructure upon which it is built will reflect the overall security capabilities of the system. The platform, or operating system, that exists on top of the underlying hardware will be used to restrict access to records and other services that regulate the operation of the system. This will correlate to the efficacy of stopping potentially the likes of malicious administrators, as well as other users that have legitimate access to the system who may intend to harm a business digitally. For example, file auditing, a feature that has been readily available since the inception of Windows Server 2003, is a great resource both as preventative security measure, like a visible security camera, and as a tool for review, should something go awry.

Mostly, the security of the system is the responsibility of the end user. This is where a few key concepts come into play. Educating staff is the most effective way to ensure that guidelines are followed; hence instilling secure for a cloud environment.

The following are some of the most important aspects to creating and maintaining a secure environment.

  • Be smart with credentials. When creating an account with just about any web service, you are generally required to create a strong password. This means the password should be at least eight characters long, and contain a combination of upper case letters, lower case letters, numbers, and special characters. The password(s) used should also be completely unique. This will inhibit anyone from guessing the password and prevent password generating software from easily gaining access.
  • Regularly back up data. Data back-up procedures should not be put to the wayside, even if the infrastructure of the cloud is fully redundant. There are still times where even the most seasoned IT professional will encounter a problem that leaves him shaking his head in confusion. Furthermore, accidents can happen. A back up of information from the system to another location will help prevent catastrophe should some mishap on a “perfect” system wipe out critical data.
  • Keep up with workstations and mobile devices. More than likely, a hacker is going to take the path of least resistance. To gain access to a system, it is a lot easier to extract information from an auxiliary component of the network, rather than directly attacking the network’s infrastructure. Workstations, especially Windows, should always be updated with current security patches. Antivirus and firewalls are important to help prevent malevolent applications from accessing residual information on the computer that could allow for entry. Moreover, networking hardware, such as Bluetooth, should remain disabled. The fewer conduits for someone to attack means it is less likely to happen.

By Deney Dentel

Deney serves as CEO for Nordisk Systems, Inc. Nordisk Systems expertized in various IT services by providing the best solutions for you businesses on  cloud compuing, virtualization, backup and recovery, and managed services.

Follow Us!

CloudTweaks

Established in 2009, CloudTweaks.com is recognized as one of the leading authorities in cloud computing information. Most of the excellent CloudTweaks articles are provided by our own paid writers, with a small percentage provided by guest authors from around the globe, including CEOs, CIOs, Technology bloggers and Cloud enthusiasts. Our goal is to continue to build a growing community offering the best in-depth articles, interviews, event listings, whitepapers, infographics and much more...
Follow Us!

Sorry, comments are closed for this post.

Recent

Mobile Connectivity Rises – 24 Billion Networked Devices By 2019

Mobile Connectivity Rises – 24 Billion Networked Devices By 2019

Mobile Connectivity Rises Mobile Technologies such as BYOD, Wearable Technology and Internet of Things are the cornerstone to strong cloud computing adoption and will continue to be the case as the number of connected devices continue to climb. In May 2015, Cisco released the complete VNI Global IP Traffic Forecast, 2014 – 2019. Global highlights…

9 Pitfalls of Providing Cloud-Based Online Government Services

9 Pitfalls of Providing Cloud-Based Online Government Services

Cloud-Based Online Government Services Pitfalls When the US government designed the Affordable Care Act, a key part of the program was to encourage enrollment through the Healthcare.gov website. This online service was supposed to make it easier for citizens to learn about the ACA, compare their health insurance options, and take full advantage of this…

IOT, Intelligent Sensors, And The Change That Is Coming…

IOT, Intelligent Sensors, And The Change That Is Coming…

Intelligent Sensors And The Future What is or isn’t connected: In the end, that is the internet of things. They, the things, represent stuff that has been around for the past 30 years. It was only recently that we have developed a way to consistently connect those devices. Despite the increasing awareness of IoT, it…

Popular Archives

Surprising Facts and Stats About The Big Data Industry

Surprising Facts and Stats About The Big Data Industry

Facts and Stats About The Big Data Industry If you start talking about big data to someone who is not in the industry, they immediately conjure up images of giant warehouses full of servers, staff poring over page after page of numbers and statistics, and some big brother-esque official sat in a huge government building…

5 Ways CIOs Can Tackle Cloud Fears

5 Ways CIOs Can Tackle Cloud Fears

5 Ways CIOs Can Tackle Cloud Fears  CIOs are tired of hearing about cloud computing concerns. They’ve spent years reading about how cloud resources are subject to risks, and wonder – what can they do to help people trust the cloud?  The truth is that despite being a hot issue for years, the topic of…

Sponsors

The Many Hats Of Today’s IT Managers

The Many Hats Of Today’s IT Managers

The Many Hats of IT Managers In years past, the IT department of most large organizations was much like a version of Middle Earth: a mysterious nether world where people who seemed infinitely smarter than the rest of us bustled around, speaking and typing languages that appeared indecipherable, yet, which made our world work. They…

Selling Your Business To Your Employees

Selling Your Business To Your Employees

Mobility For Your Employees It may seem a radical notion, the idea of selling your business to the people who work for you, but this is the era in which we now work. Employees of all levels are all incredibly aware of their options when it comes to mobility and employability. This doesn’t mean that…

Established in 2009

CloudTweaks is recognized as one of the leading influencers in cloud computing, big data and internet of things (IoT) information. Our goal is to continue to build our growing information portal, by providing the best in-depth articles, interviews, event listings, whitepapers, infographics and much more.

CloudTweaks Comic Library

Advertising