Last year several cyber-attacks were observed that caused global disruptions to businesses worldwide. These attacks also led to financial losses and caused harm to organization’s repute. All the past cyber-attack incidences along with the evolutions in them today, focuses on the need for enterprises to consider security to protect the data- which is their most valuable asset. In order to create effective defense, enterprises must understand, strategies and plan for the risks that are present in the organization. In case of succeeding in the cloud, enterprises must know their data that helps a company to identify sensitive data and remove data that shouldn’t be stored on cloud. It is a good practice for businesses to know the value of their data in the cloud, as that information can be used to better plan their cyber security policies. This drives a method behind building a data management strategy which is robust in order to keep data safe and protected even in complex cyber threat environment.

To maintain control of enterprises data and achieve compliance, following are the steps you should pursue for securing data in cloud environments:

Controlled access to applications based on cloud

Like other enterprises, you also want to take benefit of cloud-based Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) applications, such as Amazon Web Services, Salesforce and MS Office 365, in order to support employee mobility and for the seamless scalability of resources to meet growing business needs. You can’t afford to lose confidential data of your business to unauthorized users. Adopting well-built multi-factor authentication methods will ensure only approved set of users can access company’s cloud-based apps.

Encrypt sensitive data wherever it is sent

In cryptography, (cryptography is all about constructing & analyzing protocols that prevent the public from reading private messages in a communication) encryption refers to the method of encoding information in a way that only approved parties can access it and the un-authorized cannot access them.

If your industry finds more value in data today than ever before, if you also know that more data is generated, processed & stored on cloud. You should know that it is more prone to become a prime target for attackers. Encryption would act like a data shield for all your data and it will apply security and access controls directly on your data wherever it resides, even if it moves through the enterprise’s cloud, on-premises, hybrid and virtual cloud environments.

Own, manage, and secure encryption keys

When you have your enterprise’s confidential data encrypted, it may happen that your team might need a new technique to manage & store the encryption keys used to protect the information sent across cloud, on-premises, hybrid and virtual environments. But you also want to make sure that the control of these encrypted keys stays with you only and not with a cloud services provider, for that matter not even with any 3rd party vendor. A device called Tamper-Resistant Security Module (TRSM) is a hardware module that provides an extra level of protection to the encrypted key storage and all the cryptographic actions. The TRSM also integrates physical protections to avoid compromise of Cryptographic Security Parameters (CSP). So with this method central monitoring and management of encrypted keys can be achieved and data in the cloud can be handled by you.

Security now days are the most essential parameter in cloud-based services & deployments and by building in the strong security capabilities described in above steps, organizations can manage & protect business data in a better way and the devices stored on the cloud.