Best Practices for Cloud Database Security

Bineesh Mathew | February 18, 2022 | 114 views

Cloud Database Security

Introduction

While databases can be run on-premise, 95% of US businesses have decided to move most of their apps and infrastructure to the cloud. In a cloud database, information is collected and stored in either structured or unstructured formats on a public, private, or hybrid cloud platform.

As numerous companies move their databases online, they need to be aware of the risks of cloud database security. This can help security teams plan for possible intrusions and lessen the damage caused by successful breaches.

The burden on databases is growing steadily as the global exchange of data expands exponentially with the number of systems and devices that transmit and generate data. The more data an organization collects, the more controls are required to keep the data flowing smoothly.

"I do think that cloud adoption is a pivotal part of our journey, but the cloud carries some significant risks. Your adoption strategy has to have equal parts of progressiveness and conservatism. Due diligence is required. The idea of the traditional corporate network is changing. And we need to be out in front of that change to ensure our users are secure, and that we're giving them the best experience that we can."

— Adam Leisring, CISO, Paycor.

Let’s discuss some of the cloud database security vulnerabilities and how they can be mitigated.

Possible Threats to Cloud Database

Many of the dangers that affect cloud technology also harm cloud database security and systems. However, due to the enormous amounts of potentially sensitive data being stored in databases, the consequences can be severe if left unchecked. These consequences, while not exhaustive, give an idea of the types of dangers that network managers may face as firms embrace large-scale cloud database storage systems. Some of the common cloud database security threats are:
  • Data breaches
  • Account hijacking
  • APIs
  • Data loss
  • Cloud servers as malware platforms


Secure Your Cloud Database with Best Practices

Although the risks associated with cloud databases security are frightening, understanding them can help users minimize potential damage. These broad methods also give system administrators advice on how to keep their networks safe from intrusions.


Monitor the Network Constantly

Effective network security teams are proactive, constantly scanning system security policies and logs for exceptions that could indicate data misuse. Semi-annual cloud database security audits should be conducted to provide a more systematic and structured look at how information is used and what defensive procedures are in place. Understanding your network’s flaws and how hackers could use them for their own benefit is often the best way to protect yourself from hackers.


Use Security Intelligence Technologies to Protect your Data in Cloud

SIEM (Security Intelligence and Event Management) technologies provide active network monitoring and the detection of cloud database security flaws. These technologies run continuous system analysis and help to detect potential security breaches in real-time. Individual monitoring should not be used to replace SIEM. It can help with manual searches and provide a more comprehensive picture of network safety.


Have a Cloud Database Security Strategy in Place

A cloud database security strategy is a road map that shows all of the elements of cloud data management.

Before transferring any organizational resources to the cloud, it is ideal for developing a security strategy to guarantee that the cloud infrastructure meets its demands.

A cloud database security plan entails the fundamentals of data management. It can assist enterprises in standardizing all aspects of data management, from analysis and corporate intelligence to performance, efficiency, security, and privacy. In addition, control becomes an essential gear in your data machine once you've established a strategy for continuing data operations.


Utilize Identity and Access Management to Secure Data

Identity and access management (IAM) is a way for organization to make sure that only authorized people have access to company-owned resources.

IAM allows you to manage user roles based on criteria such as role, access, privileges, and behavior.

IAM gives enterprises the control they need to safeguard data against illegal access. For example, an ex-employee's privileges are revoked by IAM, which helps organizations prevent the theft of trade secrets. Additionally, a corporation can utilize IAM to protect themselves against outbound assaults by implementing rules that deter thieves from accessing data. Dedicated IAM tools include the following:
  • Active Directory (AD)
  • Biometric authentication


Summing Up

Cloud security risks can eclipse its benefits, but adequate security measures can help to achieve the business goals as you want to. Security concerns may be reduced with sufficient education and a practical response approach, just like with any other technology. Administrators may significantly improve incident reaction time and keep most cloud data safe by maintaining a solid and proactive familiarity with network behavior. It may help this process if systems like SIEM are used in addition to personal attention and surveillance.

Frequently Asked Questions


Is cloud database secure?

Encryption is used to store files on cloud servers. This is cluttered, making it more difficult for fraudsters to access them. Following cloud database security best practices makes them more secure.


Is it possible to hack the cloud?

After gaining access to one account, a hacker can exploit the cloud infrastructure to access additional accounts. The attack would be far more extensive if they could gain access to a cloud provider's account.


Can businesses trust the cloud?

Yes, your data is safe in the cloud—probably far safer than it is on your hard drive. Furthermore, files are simple to access and maintain.

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Illumio Introduces New Solution to Stop Endpoint Ransomware from Spreading Across the Hybrid Attack Surface

Illumio | September 29, 2022

Illumio, Inc., the Zero Trust Segmentation company, today announced Illumio Endpoint®, a reimagined way to prevent breaches from spreading to clouds and data centers from laptops. Hybrid work has expanded the attack surface, introducing new threats and making organizations more vulnerable, so it’s become increasingly important for employees to have secure access to applications and data wherever they are located. Unlike other Zero Trust Segmentation solutions, Illumio Endpoint lets your policy follow your teams’ laptops wherever they work, whether at home, in the office, or at a coffee shop. With Illumio Endpoint, the first device that gets infected will also be the last. Organizations are more interconnected and vulnerable in hybrid workplaces, and the attack surface is growing increasingly complex. Additionally, attacks on hybrid work environments are more expensive, costing an average of about $600K more than the global average. Even with endpoint detection and response tools in place, endpoints still get breached – according to ESG, 76 percent of organizations experienced a ransomware attack in the past two years alone. Illumio Endpoint includes: Extended visibility and segmentation policy controls for macOS and Windows devices, allowing organizations to see risk and stop attacks from spreading from laptops, workstations, and VDIs. A single, unified console to see and manage visibility and segmentation policy across endpoints, clouds, and data centers, making Zero Trust Segmentation easier, faster, and more efficient for security teams. Work from anywhere support with segmentation policy that follows the device, so organizations have the confidence that their networks are secure, and their employees can remain productive while working from anywhere. The ability to control application access so users can only reach the necessary applications from their device, not the entire data center and cloud, minimizing the organization's risk from vulnerable or compromised endpoints. "Before Illumio, we had only a slim idea of what kind of communications were running across our network. But with Illumio, we clearly see exactly what's connecting to individual endpoints. David Ault, VP of Information Security at Telhio Credit Union “The hybrid workforce is here to stay, which exposes organizations to a more complex attack surface and more risk, particularly on the endpoint,” said Mario Espinoza, Chief Product Officer at Illumio. “It’s important to have tools that can detect and respond to an identified breach, but unidentified attacks can spread throughout the organization to access critical data and assets when Zero Trust Segmentation is not in place to proactively contain the breach. With Illumio Endpoint, security leaders will gain the comprehensive protection needed to build resilience to attacks throughout their hybrid IT and as employees work from anywhere.” “Ransomware and other cyberattacks often involve end user devices somewhere in the attack chain, moving laterally on to other higher-value assets,” said Dave Gruber, Principal Analyst, ESG. “Because attackers continue to find ways in and move laterally fast, prevention, detection and response mechanisms can fall short stopping these fast-moving attacks. Containment strategies such as Zero Trust Segmentation across endpoint devices can proactively stop ransomware and other fast-moving attacks from spreading to critical infrastructure and assets, reducing risk.” About Illumio Illumio, the Zero Trust Segmentation company, stops breaches and ransomware from spreading across the hybrid attack surface. The Illumio ZTS Platform visualizes all traffic flows between workloads, devices and the internet, automatically sets granular segmentation policies to control communications, and isolates high-value assets and compromised systems proactively or in response to active attacks. Illumio protects organizations of all sizes, from Fortune 100 to small business, by stopping breaches and ransomware in minutes, saving millions of dollars in application downtime, and accelerating cloud and digital transformation projects.

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