Data security solutions not only focus on preventing malicious or accidental access to data they also focus on protecting the data (and even the hidden metadata) that can contain sensitive information. Modern solutions can utilize cloud-based applications and operate within a hybrid IT environment.
Many organizations can't delineate where cloud service provider (CSP) responsibilities end and their own responsibilities begin, opening them to numerous vulnerabilities. The increased expansiveness of the cloud also increases an organization's potential attack surface. To further complicate the matter, traditional security controls often don't fulfill cloud security needs.
To help companies understand the cloud challenges they're up against, the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) went directly to the professionals. A working group of practitioners, architects, developers and C-level staff identified a list of about 25 security threats, which were then analyzed by security professionals who ranked them and narrowed them down further to the 11 most common cloud security challenges:
Data breaches, Misconfigurations & Inadequate Change Control, Lack of Cloud Security Architecture & Strategy, Insufficient Identity, Credential, Access & Key Management, Account Hijacking, Insider Threats, Insecure Interfaces & APIs, Weak Control Plane, Metastructure & Applistructure Failures, Limited Cloud Usage Visibility, Abuse & Nefarious Use of Cloud Services.
Data security is the process of protecting corporate data and preventing data loss through unauthorized access. This includes protecting your data from attacks that can encrypt or destroy data, such as ransomware, as well as attacks that can modify or corrupt your data. Data security also ensures data is available to anyone in the organization who has access to it.
Some industries require a high level of data security to comply with data protection regulations. For example, organizations that process payment card information must use and store payment card data securely, and healthcare organizations in the USA must secure private health information (PHI) in line with the HIPAA standard.
Common Data Security Solutions and Techniques
There are several technologies and practices that can improve data security. No one technique can solve the problem, but by combining several of the techniques below, organizations can significantly improve their security posture.
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