Organizations are switching to the cloud quicker than ever- it’s reported that 96% of all companies have deployed cloud services to manage at least some percentage of their assets. This migration can be attributed to the cloud’s greater security, scalability, and data storage capabilities. With its homogenous architecture and useful integrations, the cloud streamlines everyday operations and improves end-user experience.
While the cloud itself is well-protected, the process of migrating assets from a physical network to an online one can leave your data vulnerable to cyberattacks. There’s also a risk of data misconfiguration, leading to breaches. Data breaches are a major blow to a company’s reputation and revenue both.
Securing your migration to the cloud is crucial for minimizing these risks. Below, we’ve discussed a few ways to do so.
Audit Your Software
Before you migrate to the cloud, it’s important to have a clear list of which apps your business uses regularly, and the ones you can ditch instead of migrating. Some cloud-based apps also bring better value in the long run and can perform tasks of two or more programs in one, so it migrating to them can be worth the initial decline in productivity. App dependencies should also be reviewed before making the switch as some apps can’t be moved selectively.
Find a Cloud Provider
Start by picking what cloud model works best for you- private, public, or hybrid, then look for providers who offer secure data transfer and encrypted communication channels. Leading cloud providers include Google Cloud Platform, Microsoft Azure, and Amazon Web Services.
Another thing to note is that cloud providers offer services according to a shared responsibility model. This leaves the user responsible for the integrity of endpoints and data for SaaS, and endpoints, data, middleware, OS, and applications for IaaS. Go for a cloud service that offers robust resources you can use to secure the aspects you’re responsible for.
Ensure Visibility for Cybersecurity Teams
Company employees, partners, and contractors can access your assets remotely through the cloud. This shift means there’s a greater need for vigilance by cybersecurity teams. Authorized users should be granted access to only the assets they need. AI and machine learning can be used to determine vulnerabilities and appropriate access protocols that don’t hinder productivity.
Consider a Phased Migration
A phased migration involves moving a few assets at a time to the cloud. Interdependent apps are moved together. This system of migration helps employees develop familiarity with the cloud.
Typically, low-priority data is moved in the first phase. It’s a controlled risk, useful for identifying any security gaps or bugs before high-priority data like contracts or customer info are migrated.
Use Automation Tools
Automation tools like Azure Migrate, AWS Migration Service, and Migrate for Computer Engine are the best, most secure way to transfer data to the cloud. These are straightforward tools that do the job fast, reducing the time hackers get to infiltrate your systems. IaC tools can assist IT specialists with the migration as well.
Create a Backup Plan
Backup plans are essential to prevent data loss. Unlike on-premise storage, there’s no backup drive to load in the cloud. You should look towards cloud-based backup tools offered by vendors and store every bit of data you move to the cloud. Additionally, you can run anti-deletion protocols. These flag specific machines, so you don’t accidentally delete critical data. Once done, automate the backups to a regular schedule.