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4 Security Features You Need to Protect Cloud-Based Applications

In Op-Ed, Tech by Cassie Crone0 Comments

As more companies start to use cloud-based applications, it has become more important than ever for them to think about how they can keep private data secure. Private data includes more than just information that companies use to reach their business goals. It also refers to information about employees and customers.

If your business uses cloud-based applications, make sure you take advantage of these four security features.

Two-Factor Authentication

Some companies think that using passwords secures their information. What they don’t understand is that sophisticated hackers often use software to crack passwords. Implementing passwords, therefore, probably doesn’t give you as much security as you think. Instead, you need two-factor authentication (2FA) that makes it more difficult for hackers to gain access to your cloud apps.

2FA requires people to provide more than just a password. Before they can enter your cloud application, they have to pass another level of security. Common 2FA requirements include answering a personal question, providing a thumbprint, and using a registered device that the cloud app recognizes.

Encrypted Data

2FA makes it harder for hackers to access your cloud application, but it doesn’t make it impossible. Experienced hackers often use phishing techniques to learn more about employees. Once they have the right information, they can answer 2FA security questions.

Since hackers can potentially access your cloud-based application even when you use 2FA, it makes sense for you to encrypt all information stored in the cloud. Someone without the proper encryption key will only see garbled numbers and letters when they look at your secure information. As long as you follow the latest encryption standards, you can create a significant barrier between your information and unauthorized users.

Cloud Security Gateway

A cloud security gateway is a type of software that helps you enforce security policies for your cloud-based applications. The software uses a variety of features that keeps your data secure. For instance, a cloud security gateway can analyze user behavior to recognize uncharacteristic activities. It can also identify shadow IT cloud services that may jeopardize your security standards.

Using cloud security gateways has become one of the most important ways for companies to keep private information safe. Without the right security software, you can’t ensure that your cloud-based application hasn’t already been breached by an unauthorized user.

Threat Models

No matter what security standards you adopt, there is always a chance that a sophisticated hacker could infiltrate your cloud-based application. Unfortunately, hackers are constantly trying to undermine the work done by security specialists. A feature that keeps your information secure today may not work tomorrow.

Building a threat model helps you prepare for data leaks. As long as you have a threat model for your cloud-based application, you should know how to respond when someone breaches your system. A threat model may not keep unauthorized users out, but it shows you what to do when someone finds a way into your application.

Cloud-based applications offer a lot of advantages that can help companies succeed. As long as you use the right security features, you can reap the benefits without putting your private data at risk.


Guest post by Ashley Carter. You can find more of her great work over at Techie Report.

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