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Despite the fact that most cloud providers are adept at security, worries about using the Cloud securely still plague businesses in Nevada. To convince users that their cloud computing solutions are safe, Microsoft is promoting some new security tactics.

Microsoft’s security teams discovered a sophisticated botnet operation thanks to machine-learning cloud tools. This expertise will help Microsoft Azure customers stay safe within its public cloud infrastructure.

“As companies move to the Cloud, we need to make sure that they can be confident that their data is handled securely at all stages of its life cycle–that it’s encrypted at rest, encrypted when in transit, and it’s protected even while in use on the processor,” said Rob Lefferts, corporate vice president for security at Microsoft.

What Are The Top Security Threats In The Cloud?

According to the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA), there are concerns in the Cloud. The CSA Top Threats Working Group provides organizations with an up-to-date, expert-informed understanding of cloud security risks, threats and vulnerabilities.

They report that there are 12 specific top threats and identify them as follows:

1. Data Breaches

2. Weak Identity, Credential and Access Management

3. Insecure APIs

4. System and Application Vulnerabilities

5. Account Hijacking

6. Malicious Insiders

7. Advanced Persistent Threats (APTs)

8. Data Loss

9. Insufficient Due Diligence

10. Abuse and Nefarious Use of Cloud Services

11. Denial of Service

12. Shared Technology Vulnerabilities

So–How Can You Use The Cloud Securely?

You needn’t be worried as long as your IT provider implements and deploys cybersecurity solutions and a layered defense that automatically blocks and eliminates the latest threats. You can no longer depend on just anti-virus or firewalls. You need more sophisticated and current IT enterprise-based defense solutions.

And because your employees are one of your weakest security links, having your IT provider conduct Security Awareness Training for your employees should be a top priority. For example, a CryptoMix ransomware has resurfaced. It first appeared in 2016. It’s a combination of CryptoWall and CryptXXX, hence the name CryptoMix. Until recently it had disappeared. Now it’s back.

Like other forms of ransomware, CryptoMix targets weak passwords. Victims are sent ransom notes that say they must send an email to the ransomware attacker. They warn them not to try to use any security software, or it will permanently damage their IT system. Then the cybercriminal harvests admin credentials, encrypts servers and wipes back-ups.

As a matter of fact, using the right cloud solutions can actually increase your IT security. If your data and applications are backed up in a virtualized cloud solution, you’ll always have access to them, even if the ransomware attacker encrypts them on your computer or server. As with anything, the best offense is a good defense, so it’s best to be proactive to ensure security when using the Cloud.

How Is Microsoft Working To Make The Cloud More Secure?

Microsoft is rolling out some new products like their Microsoft Authenticator support for apps that use Microsoft’s Azure Active Directory single sign-on technology. This lets your employees sign into corporate resources without having to use a password.

The Authenticator mobile app generates a code when you sign into apps that support the new Microsoft technology. This form of multifactor authentication is considered one of the best ways to protect your systems.

They have also introduced their Microsoft Office 365 Secure Score. This is a “report card” for Office 365 customers that will analyze their security posture across Azure cloud services and Microsoft Enterprise+Mobility applications.

Microsoft also released their Microsoft Threat Protection, a security service for Microsoft Office 365 customers that uses machine learning to help assess security threats.

What Else Can Your IT Provider Do To Make The Cloud More Secure?

1. They Should Provide Professional Security Patching & Updates.

Each month, Microsoft releases numerous essential patches and updates that must be applied to servers. The right IT provider will keep your servers and applications fully patched.

2. They Should Provide Reliable and Recoverable Back Ups

If a cybercriminal holds your data for ransom or an employee accidentally deletes your computer files, with the right backup and recovery services your IT provider can get you back up and running quickly.

What Else Should You Do To Ensure Cloud Security?

Whether you rely on cloud computing or not, you must be vigilant about cybersecurity. Contact your IT provider to conduct risk assessments and to shore up your cyber defenses.

For more information or help with your business’s cloud security, contact the IT Security Team at Network Heroes. We provide expert computer services and IT network support for organizations in Las Vegas, Summerlin and Henderson, Nevada.