Cloud Computing Security By Ali Al-Agnam

August 9, 2020

This Article Written by Trainee Ali Al-Agnam From King Faisal university #KFU

 

 

What is cloud computing?

Cloud Computing is the use of hardware and software to deliver a service over a network (typically the Internet). With cloud computing, users can access files and use applications from any device that can access the Internet.

 

 

 

Why we use cloud computing ?

For personal user: the most important point that users can access their uploaded file anywhere and any time.  

 

For business user: to reduce the cost by getting high storage for their data with strong security system. 

 

 

 

 

Did you know that  we use clouds daily? How?

 

  • Social Media and Emails: Social media Applications are  used by many on daily basis.

  • Backup Services: Dropbox helps store data on multiple computers.

  • Online Banking: Doing  bank transactions via internet so its required to store all accounts information in clouds. It’s the most dangerous service through the clouds

 

 

Why are Cloud Networks at Risk of Being Hacked?

With cloud network revenue set to hit $228 billion in 2019, it’s clear to see that cloud networks have become phenomenally successful and their popularity doesn’t appear to show any signs of slowing down. However, hackers are exceptionally interested in this new slice of digital real estate and, accordingly, are beginning to tailor attacks towards cloud providers. Naturally, new technology is prone to teething issues, but when there’s so much data at risk, it’s understandable that organizations may be a little concerned by the risk of cloud networks being hacked.

 

 

Some of the commonly seen cloud computing security risks are:

. Loss of sensitive data

· Malware infections

· Hacked interfaces

· Permanent data loss

· Abuse of cloud service

· Insider threat

· Hijacking of accounts

 

 

Here are a few tips your business can use to ensure ..the security of data in your cloud

1- Backup Data Locally: Ensure Local Backup. It is the essential precaution that one can take towards cloud data security.

 

2- Avoid Storing Sensitive Information: Let’s be honest. There is no such thing as actual privacy on the internet, and the rise in the number of identity thefts is standing proof of it. So it is always advisable to avoid storing information such as passwords, credit/debit card details etc. on the cloud

 

3- Use Cloud Services that Encrypt Data:  enjoy better privacy, always look for cloud storage services that offer local encryption for your data. This provides double security as the files will have to be decrypted to gain access. This method protects your data even from service providers and administrators. Taking a few preventive measures like this around data encryption can make your most sensitive information tightly secure.

 

4- Encrypt Your Data: Before you upload your files onto the cloud, it is always beneficial to encrypt your data, even if the cloud storage automatically encrypts them. There are many third-party encryption tools that will apply passwords and encryption to files once you are done editing them so that they are encrypted before uploading.

 

 

5-  Install Anti-virus Software:

 All the above security measures could be taken to secure your data, but sometimes the problem is not cloud security but the system you have logged in from. Hackers can easily access your account if there is no proper protection in place for your system. In such cases you are exposing yourself to viruses that provide penetration points.

 

 

6- Test the Security Measures in Place: 

Instead of assuming that all files are perfectly secure on the cloud, some organizations, especially highly data-sensitive ones, hire certified ethical-hackers to test their security position. These assessments are as much important on cloud as they are off cloud. If it is possible for you to gain unauthorized access to your own data, chances are that someone else can too.

 

 

 

 

 

 

References:  

  • —APA: Originally published by Cabot Technology Solution on. (2020, June 19). 7 Effective Tips to Secure Your Data in the Cloud. Retrieved June 20, 2020, from https://hackernoon.com/7-effective-tips-to-secure-your-data-in-the-cloud-820bfe438d2

  • —APA: AWS User Group Bengaluru Follow. (2019, August 06). Cloud Security. Retrieved June 20, 2020, from https://www.slideshare.net/AWSUsersGroupBengalu/cloud-security-161576262

  • —APA: Secure your cloud transformation – RSA. (2020, May 13). Retrieved June 20, 2020, from https://www.rsa.com/en-us/solutions/secure-your-cloud-transformation?gclid=CjwKCAjwxLH3BRApEiwAqX9arXxbaeS-i31YAZuChw3qrxauBaSQKcKl7vaZwPSLV0Hlc0SWTMk9IRoCOw4QAvD_BwE

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