Forward-thinking businesses like yours are moving more IT applications, services, and infrastructure into the cloud. Alongside the benefits of on-demand scalability, central administration, and ease-of-access, there’s a need for caution — protecting your business and customer information from unauthorized access and data breaches.
There are multiple ways to reduce the risks and attack vectors that hackers can use to access your cloud services — multifactor authentication, penetration testing, vulnerability assessments, role-based access, and more all play an important part. But, that may not be enough by itself –once the hackers are into your cloud systems, they have access to all of that data. What you need is a deeper, more fundamental type of protection — encrypting the data you store and access in the cloud.
Cloud encryption is based on your needs as a business, and the cloud provider’s capabilities when it comes to encrypting data. Typically, it works as follows:
You decide the data that needs to be encrypted.
There are several excellent reasons why your business might choose to encrypt your cloud data.
Certain legally-mandated guidelines require that you keep customer information as secure as possible. For example, HIPAA requires you to protect sensitive medical data, while GDPR states that you need to protect data for European citizens.
If your cloud data is encrypted “at rest,” then it is much more secure if your systems get hacked. Unfortunately, due to the value of business and customer data, it’s likely a case of “when,” not “if” a criminal gets into your cloud systems. That’s where the real value of “at rest” data encryption comes from — without a decryption key, data will be unreadable and unusable, even if a hacker manages to get past your external defences.
Encrypting cloud data means that you’re taking data protection seriously. This can help to reassure your customer base, build trust, and make it easier to attract new consumers and suppliers.
There are several challenges for getting cloud encryption right:
Implemented well, cloud encryption can significantly reduce your risk of data exposure, increase trust with your customers, and give you greater peace-of-mind.
Here at Red8, we’re experts in managing public, private, and hybrid cloud providers. We’ll understand your encryption needs, recommend the providers who can encrypt your data, and help you implement a powerful, secure cloud encryption and decryption system.