Database and data security are major concerns for most organizations, with good reason. Bad actors are pervasive in our interconnected environment and staying one step ahead takes strategic planning and active management. With more and more databases hosted in the cloud, organizations must be particularly aware of the security risks and data protection strategies available. According to the 2019 Cloud Security Report from Synopsys, 93% of organizations reported being “moderately or extremely concerned about cloud security.” This is understandable, but this concern doesn’t outweigh the benefits of utilizing a cloud or hybrid infrastructure. Instead, the important focus should be on developing and maintaining a robust security strategy, identifying top products and service providers, and taking a proactive stance in your data security platform.
Selecting a Secure Cloud Provider – One of the first steps in establishing and maintaining a secure cloud database for your company is identifying the best provider for your needs. Going with a well-established service provider, like Microsoft or Oracle, means peace of mind knowing that the company has an established record of industry-leading security practices. Saving a few dollars on the front end with lesser known providers is just not worth it if it opens up your organization to potential security risks. Microsoft is particularly well-known for its longstanding emphasis on security. Its security checklist and best practices protocols (find source) are great tools for any company looking to implement good security strategies.
Creating a Comprehensive Strategy – Good security practices don’t happen accidentally. Ensuring the best for your databases means creating a robust security protocol and actively identifying threats and mitigating practices. Your security strategy should contain both tools that your team will utilize and practices and procedures to follow. Many breaches are the result of ignorance and unintentional negligence. Your security strategy should outline education opportunities and best practices for your company to minimize the risk created by unintentional lapses.
Database Maintenance and Monitoring – Once you have a strategy in place it will be vital to maintain the health and operations of your cloud databases to ensure continued compliance with your strategy and with increasingly stringent regulations. The Cloud Security Alliance’s Top Threats to Cloud Computing: Deep Dive identified and analyzed top breaches to determine the mechanism of the breach and to identify mitigating strategies. Their findings show us that bad actors are taking advantage of whatever opportunities they can find, no matter how minor. This is the employee who accidentally opens up a phishing link or the application patch that was delayed to reduce downtime. The major takeaways from this report are that organizations must promote awareness within, analyze network traffic, and maintain timely execution of patches and updates. For some companies, this continual monitoring and maintenance are prohibitively costly to maintain in-house. But small and mid-size organizations are just as vulnerable as the big guys. For these companies, a database maintenance firm can create strategies and maintain system health and monitor network traffic for a fraction of the cost of full-time personnel.
Cloud computing and database strategies are bringing massive benefits to organizations. The savings in cost and increase in flexibility and scalability means more and more companies are flocking to the cloud. Make sure your cloud database is secure to maximize your utilization.
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