With the rapid growth in the use of cloud-based services, organizations are putting more sensitive data in the cloud environment. This includes personally identifiable information (PII) and healthcare records which raise significant security concerns and attracts more attackers. Main attack methods are Denial of Service (DoS), misconfiguration or vulnerability of virtualization managers, account or credential hijacking and exploit against hosting provider vulnerability. This results in the following major challenges: unauthorized access, access by other tenants, and lack of ability to audit and conduct forensic analysis. To mitigate the risks associated with cloud services, businesses are taking steps to implement policies and controls to integrate cloud risk and security into their existing programs. Datawiz offers a variety of services including configuration management and control, logging and event management, encryption and data protection, vulnerability scanning and penetration testing, and local host monitoring to adequately and continuously protect business data and assets.
Use cloud storage to store at least half of their data.
Have been impacted by Business Operations Interruptions
While the ability to embrace cloud computing capabilities for federal departments and agencies brings advantages and opportunities for increased efficiencies, cost savings, and green computing technologies, cloud computing also brings new risks and challenges to securely use cloud computing capabilities as good stewards of government data. The Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program or FedRAMP has been established to provide a standard approach to Assessing and Authorizing (A&A) cloud computing services and products. FedRAMP allows joint authorizations and continuous security monitoring services for Government along with Commercial cloud computing systems intended for multi-agency use. Joint authorization of cloud providers results in a common security risk model that can be leveraged across the Federal Government. Datawiz was amongst the first Cybersecurity professionals to perform a Security Assessment on a Cloud Computing service provider for the Federal Government (Certification and Accreditation (C&A)). What we learned from this exercise, is that having a public knowledge of Cybersecurity is crucial in securing individuals and our Nation. Datawiz continues to work with leading industry Cloud Computing providers to assist in meeting the new Federal requirements.
Cloud Security is considered as a central security system, eliminating the need for multiple security systems. This leads to reduced hardware and software costs along with reduced labor cost. Moreover, robust cloud security helps to deter both internal and external security risks preventing data breaches, data losses, account hijacking, and malicious threats. It also reduces impacts of shared resources, and provides regulatory compliance. Employing safety practices such as automated security management, disaster recovery, and redundant systems ensure the safety of users and organizations alike.