How to tackle cloud-based security related challenges

January 7, 2015

As businesses become more globalized, Contador Harrison has learned that many organizations are leveraging new technologies to give their employees access to information and the corporate network outside the office. Although mobility phenomenon do offer significant productivity advantages, this makes organizations more vulnerable to cyberattacks. Security managers are also daunted by a lack of security planning, and complexity in securing a groundswell of devices that are accessing enterprise data from anywhere. It is not just large organizations that face sophisticated security threats, but also small and mid-sized businesses. Many of them face targeted cyberattacks with lack of budgets and not seeing a strong security policy as a priority while others have no one person within the company in charge of making security decisions.This shows that lack of security planning and tight costs are business challenges faced by smaller companies.

In addition, there are the security challenges presented by mobility. With mobility, customer lists, account numbers, marketing and business plans and other sensitive data are likely to reside on employees’ own computing and mobile devices.In addition, there is also the risk that mobile devices will be lost or stolen along with the corporate and confidential data stored on it.  Mobility has compelled employees to be responsible for their own security. Most companies choose to ignore it as they do not know how to install, update and properly use software. Employees may also unknowingly blur the lines between work and play by using work systems for personal tasks such as social media usage, which can give rise to social engineering opportunities by cybercriminals.In order to achieve a balance between productivity, cost-effectiveness and security, a good cloud-based or cloud-managed security product should be used to address these issues.This should be a product that upgrades automatically, protects across data, endpoints, systems and devices, and which does not require complex servers set-ups or infrastructure maintenance.

Efficient and effective managers always give employees what they need to be successful without getting in their way. It is therefore crucial to find a cloud-based security solution that can protect remote and roaming employees, while being easy to configure to guard against the latest threats. A good solution can enable an organization to manage security simply and effectively with a single cloud-based management console, so that organizations can gain clear visibility and easily manage the myriad of devices and user behaviour.The solution should also include advanced anti-malware, web security and filtering, and mobile device management and would also be able to secure Windows and Mac computers as well as mobile devices.Due to the fact that employees inadvertently manage their own security, a good cloud solution should also ensure safer web browsing and protection for end users. The protection from malicious and infected websites, and being able to detect and block exploit codes. Solution should also enforce safe and productive web usage such as a time-based policy to limit non-business related browsing and a predefined policy to set policies to address security and compliance requirements.

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