Multi-cloud Deployment Security Risks

While corporations have adapted the cloud service as a way to make their business operations smoother and more accessible, the more cloud services that are used, the greater the risk of a data breach. A report by Nominet states that 92% of security professionals are adopting cloud-based solutions for their company.

Types of Cloud Services

There are several types of cloud services that businesses can implement and the report stated that 48% of respondents use multi-cloud deployment in their organization and 24% use hybrid deployment. Some of the common types of deployments include:

  • Public Cloud–infrastructure is in the premises of the service provider but the user operates it.
  • Hybrid Cloud–includes public, private, and community cloud services and allows for BYOD policies.
  • Platform as a Service (PaaS)–allows developers to build applications and services via web. Users can access through a web browser.
  • Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)–companies are in charge of managing and connecting their system, the provider only delivers the infrastructure.
  • Software as a Service (SaaS)–Web delivery model where the vendor manages all aspects of the cloud.

The survey states that PaaS has 48% adoption, 88% currently have or plan to adopt SaaS, and 60% have adopted IaaS. While some of these options allow businesses to let the vendor or developer manage the system, without total control, there is still a chance for misuse of data.

Common Cloud Security Issues

69% of respondents with active multi-cloud deployment have had between 11 and 30 breaches. Aside from data breaches, there are other security concerns when using the cloud. The Cloud Security Alliance listed some of the top threats when using cloud adoption.

  • System Vulnerabilities
  • Account Hijacking
  • Data Loss

Anytime an online platform is used for data storage and organizational purposes, there is a chance that the platform will be vulnerable to attacks or hacking attempts. Attackers can send bugs or exploit vulnerabilities. If user credentials have weak passwords or lack of security due to employees using their own devices to connect to a business network, it is much easier for hackers to bypass the login and attack. Aside from attacks, if the cloud infrastructure experiences physical damage, they may have permanent data loss.

Improving Business Security Cloud-free

Using a hardware encrypted storage device eliminates many risks that are associated with cloud-based storage. The SecureDrive products are designed with a tough epoxy coating and cannot be separated and reverse engineered. They eliminate data leaks and have up to 8 TB of space for work documents, presentations, and more.

The KP model can only be unlocked when a complex PIN is entered via the wear-resistant keypad. This prevents unauthorized parties from guessing commonly used keys. The BT model can only be unlocked by using an app on a mobile device. Additionally, it offers two-factor authentication and facial recognition and fingerprints for biometric authentication. These layers of security keep data in the hands of the business professionals.

The SecureDrive BT products are also remote management ready with geo- and time-fencing to limit drive access to predetermined times and places. With read-only mode, an employee working on their device at home will not be able to edit any information without admin permission.

71% of survey respondents were concerned about the security risks involved with cloud computing. With an award-winning data storage solution, businesses can reduce the risk imposed by cloud computing. Learn more about our line of SecureDrive products at 1-800-875-3230.