Like the change in technology, the targeted attacks too have changed in the recent years. With technology paving way for remote accessibility to desktops and workstations the surge of attacks are directed to the remote users, thus changing the cyber security landscape of the technology enabled business environment. The modus operandi of targeting the new age hand held devices, smartphones and tablets is the ability to bypass the network security controls beyond the encryption. Further, as the most of the applications for the new age devices are based on the cloud, enterprises should take adequate steps towards  cloud security and  ensure data protection.

Cloud security  as defined by Wikipedia is  an evolving sub-domain of network security,  and on a broader perspective  information security and refers to a  set of policies, technologies, and controls deployed to protect data, applications, and the associated infrastructure of cloud computing. Security issues concerning cloud computing are either faced by the cloud providers or by the customers. Whatever the case may be this is all related to ensuring data protection.

Though cloud computing ushers in a host of benefits of delivering  convenient technology solutions cost-effectively, adoption of cloud  brings in issues of security associated with risks. The use of efficient cloud security architecture along with risk management frameworks  will  help enterprises to recognize  issues that will arise with security management. Further, with  critical business data and information stored in digital formats, data protection is of prime importance for organizations and securing it is  important irrespective of where data is stored.

Leading service providers have designed and developed  technical solutions, process frameworks to help  enterprises and government clientele  with secure cloud initiatives and efficiently manage the risks. Enterprises while deploying cloud security needs to establish factors such as

  • Location of data: The vastness of the cloud should not work as a security hindrance
  • Strong encryption : in a scalable environment, incorporating encryption of data on the cloud will ensure data protection  and cloud security.
  • Disaster recovery Plan: Irrespective of the business plan being in a physical store or virtual environment like a web store,most  IT infrastructure enterprises  do not have a business continuity and data restoration plans. Deploying an efficient disaster recovery plan will help the enterprises in  protecting their  valuable assets, besides ensuring protection of data.

However, a completely logical and well structured model based on an understanding of an enterprises needs and policies is the key to a robust cloud security system. Such a cloud model considers essentials features like data value, compliance, attitude to risk, and areas of potential exposure. Moreover, identifying the enterprise's business priorities facilitates in accurate understanding the context and security concerns.

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