Cloud technologies have brought significant advancement to most areas of business, with larger and more flexible storage capacities and improved data analytics.
There are security concerns, however, especially when important customer and business information is increasingly stored in the cloud. Trust in cloud data security is at an all time low according to a new study from BT (A network firm), and businesses will need to ensure that all cloud endeavours are undertaken with the appropriate IT security.
Failure to do so could result in data breaches that cost the company in terms of both financial and reputation damage.
The study from BT, conducted across international IT decision makers, found that 70 per cent are adopting cloud storage and web applications, but security is lower than ever before. What's more, cloud uptake continues to climb, with adoption of mass market consumer cloud services being implemented by 50 per cent of organisations.
Cloud solutions mean data storage and management is substantially easier, along with Big Data analysis. What's more, cloud technologies have also meant it's easier than ever for staff to collaborate across long distances.
A substantial 52 per cent of survey respondents stated that they were were 'very or extremely anxious' about the exact security implications of a cloud service. This concern is well-founded, as the cloud represents a significant step away from traditional technologies.
Before approaching any new IT endeavour, security should be the top priority – especially if sensitive data is being handled.
"The adoption of cloud services has increased rapidly across the globe. Organisations are looking to reap the numerous benefits – such as scalability, fast deployment and ubiquitous network access – these services can offer," explained Mark Hughes, the president of BT Security.
"I would suggest organisations undertake a thorough risk analysis before opting for mass market cloud services. Every organisation has a different appetite for risk and these needs to be factored into the decision buying equation."
What action can be taken?
Aside from ensuring appropriate security solutions are in place on company systems and networks, there's a great deal more that businesses can do to prevent data leaks from cloud networks.
Growing a culture of security across the organisation will ensure that all staff are constantly aware of the need to secure the cloud system and the actions that can lead to security failures.
While growing this culture may seem difficult, the best course of action is to take on a framework or methodology designed to handle security. ALC Training/PDA offer a substantial number of courses throughout the Asia Pacific, and these can be an important part of a security culture.
There's a high degree of flexibility with these frameworks, and each cover a range of topics.
SABSA is a leading security architecture, utilised by organisations across the globe. It's primary function is to deliver cohesive information security solutions to enterprises.
It accomplishes this by ensuring that the security needs of the organisation are designed as part of the IT management infrastructure. Courses take participants through a foundation certificate, advanced risk assurance, governance, architecture and design.
This is an enterprise architecture methodology and framework that's also used by businesses around the world. This framework can be especially useful when paired with SABSA, as individuals within the organisation will have a strong grasp on both security and enterprise architecture.
Together, more effective security solutions can be implemented and maintained. Speak to ALC Training/PDA today if you'd like to find out more about how leading frameworks can be put to use within your organisation.