5 Cloud Computing Security Tips for 2013
Cloud computing is becoming more popular every year, and many are predicting that 2013 will see a real explosion in the popularity of cloud computing. While the advantages of cloud computing have been discussed at length, there are a couple of potential dangers. In particular, a cloud computing platform is only as strong as it is secure, and poor security can lead to severe problems. Fortunately, proper security protocol can help prevent many negative outcomes. Here are five security tips for those dealing with cloud computing in 2013.
1. Password security
Passwords are essential components when it comes to security in a cloud installation. Unfortunately, many people are still reckless with the passwords, which can wreak havoc in a cloud installation. Passwords for a primary server should only be known by those who need this information, and they should be changed frequently. In addition, those who access cloud servers from desktops should be taught how to create strong passwords and the importance of keeping them secret. The cloud relies on trust, and one broken password can break this trust.
2. Consider going beyond passwords
Another possibility is to use a two-level authentication technique. There are number different technologies to accomplish this, and each offer some distinct advantage. It should be noted, however, that these authentication techniques may cause frustration; before deciding to use one of these options, test it thoroughly to ensure that users will be able to understand it.
It is often said that some security holes are unavoidable and that any server can be broken. While this point is debatable, it can never be completely known that a particular server is secure. One of the best ways to prevent those who access a server improperly from stealing data is to ensure that it is encrypted. Encryption will limit the damage that can be done from a break-in, and it can give users confidence that their data will be secure.
4. Log everything
For end users, cloud installations make getting work done and accessing information simpler. On the servers, however, there are certain complexities that are unavoidable. In addition, the cloud paradigm is still relatively young, and even experts only have a few years of experience. Because of this, it can be easy to become confused when trying to analyze problems. Strong, consistent logging can help ensure that problems are resolved as quickly as possible and help prevent the problem from happening again in the future.
5. Do not forget the firewall
New methods of securing networks have become popular in recent years, but an effective firewall is still the best frontline solution to preventing unauthorized access. Remote access is necessary when running a successful cloud implementation, and administrators will want to be able to access servers even if they are away from the office. By taking extra steps to ensure that the firewall is only allowing as much access as necessary, it may be possible to fend off malicious attackers.
There is little doubt that the cloud is the way the future for computing, but the cloud must be able to gain the trust of the public. Those in charge of local installations can do their part by ensuring that their cloud implementations are secure as possible. Following the latest security news can also help give cloud operators ideas for improving their security.
This post was guest written by Mac Connolly of Serverlove; a UK based cloud hosting provider. As more and more businesses look to take advantage of the growth of cloud computing, Serverlove is helping you to get access to your own virtualized cloud server! Find out more at www.serverlove.com.