What SMBs need to know about security and the cloud

Responsibility for security in a cloud environment

One of the best ways to explain the need for security in a cloud environment is to compare it to an office building. In an office building, many organizations can rent space to do business. Within a company’s rented space, employees with the appropriate qualifications come and go to perform tasks as needed. However, when the working day ends and the employees leave, the company must make sure to secure its space by locking the doors.

Locking the doors to rented office space ensures that the work performed by employees is safe and secure. When the doors are locked, outsiders and even employees without the necessary credentials are denied access to the office space (and any information stored there). However, if a business does not lock its doors or does not have appropriate security measures in place, unauthorized persons can gain access to the office space. This can expose vital documents, information, and projects, putting them at risk of being stolen or otherwise compromised. Ultimately, the business itself – not the office space provider – is responsible for ensuring the doors are locked and the location is secure. Likewise, in the cloud, companies must take some responsibility for the security of their data.

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Cloud Security Considerations

Organizations that migrate data and workloads to a cloud environment are responsible for securing their sensitive information. Vital measures include backing up data, establishing secure network connections, monitoring traffic, and quickly remediating systems. Deploying effective authentication tools, such as multi-factor authentication, can also ensure that the right people have the right access to the data they need.

CDW offers a variety of cloud security solutions and services. For example, a professional services engagement can help strengthen governance, focusing on who has access to cloud resources and how that access is obtained. Services managed through CDW can help small businesses meet their security needs on an ongoing basis without adding demands to internal security teams.

CDW’s Incident Response Services can help an organization detect, respond to, and recover from a cybersecurity breach. CDW also offers vulnerability assessments, compliance testing, gap analysis, and penetration testing, which can identify weaknesses in an organization’s cloud security posture and suggest actions to resolve the issues.

Businesses of any size can benefit from using cloud resources. However, it is crucial to effectively secure an organization’s cloud environment. Having a partner to guide your business through the necessary steps can ensure that your data and workloads remain secure in the cloud.

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