It used to be that security was critical, but relatively straightforward. IT directors could simply build the right protection to keep attacks from coming in to their network. With the advent of the cloud, mobile technology, and the IoT, security has become more complex. IT directors, rather than keeping data protected within the network, are tasked with protecting data as it moves around outside the network.
There are a variety of factors increasing the complexity of security:
- Cloud technology involves cloud applications, and as the market has advanced, cloud service providers and vendors.
- Bring your own device (BYOD) programs mean that enterprises need a plan for handling data and privacy concerns with employees’ personal phones and tablets.
- Remote workers need access to the same tools and technology as on-site employees, with the same level of security.
- Branch locations that require quick onboarding with network access require centralized security.
There are a few key steps that need to be followed to create a security plan in the cloud technology era:
Step One: Make data useless to hackers. There’s one reason hackers come after an enterprise’s system: data. Firewalls simply won’t cut it anymore, so comprehensive security requires end-to-end encryption of data. It’s important that IT doesn’t consider encryption as a complete plan, because it won’t prevent ransomware or stop a hacker from deleting a hard drive, but it’s still an important component.
Step Two: Segmentation, Separation, and Authentication. With no border to contain all data, authentication is the next logical solution. The security plan must have a method for identifying users and devices.
Step Three: Know when it’s time to hire security services. It’s important to steer away from a mindset that insists on keeping everything in-house, because as has been made clear from advances in cloud services, there are times when hiring it out makes sense. Enterprises cannot risk shortchanging a security plan simply for the sake of keeping control in-house.
The good news is that there are service providers that specialize in security management, and they can be quite affordable, even for smaller businesses. Like other cloud services, security management services can offer companies the opportunity to lower costs and improve performance.
When things go wrong, you can’t have business stop until an IT specialist arrives. The SimpleWAN solution doesn’t involve waiting; most problems can be addressed remotely over the cloud. Contact SimpleWAN to discuss your comprehensive security plan.