It’s almost impossible to ignore the constant drumbeat of news about the latest cloud security data breach. From the headlines, one would think they are basically inevitable, an unavoidable cost of business as businesses move to the cloud. The fact is, however, they’re not. Even more important to note is that there are concrete steps organizations can take to substantially reduce the risk of a cloud security breach from ever occurring at all.
The reality is that a secure cloud environment like Amazon Web Services (AWS) offers many organizations far better security than they can afford on their own. As Curt Dukes, executive vice president for Security Best Practices, for the non-profit Center for Internet Security (CIS), says, “Companies with limited resources and budget should actually consider moving to the cloud to benefit from stronger security and compliance. Equipment is monitored, and access to the premises of data centers is heavily secured.”
The truth is no different for enterprise scale organizations. Cloud is intrinsically as safe, and especially given today’s expanding digital threat landscape, safer and more secure than your own on-premise data centers.
So, what, or perhaps better, who is responsible for the majority of cloud security data breaches? Well, to paraphrase a popular line of William Shakespeare’s, “the fault is not in the (clouds), it is in ourselves.” The vast majority of cloud security failures are due to misconfiguration errors. Mistakes in short, that are made by us. Errors that are not inevitable but that can be avoided relatively easily and cost-effectively. The good news is that your organization does not have to be a statistic – the latest to fall victim to a high-profile data breach and the next headline in the hacking news.