Cloud security; three threats, three solutions

In practice, many organisations lack the right protection against digital threats That can have several reasons. The search for appropriate cloud security can still be on the to-do list, or perhaps organisations are hoping that digital threats won’t affect them. Make sure you’re not one of them. Especially now that digital crime is booming, the risks are high. The number of digital threats is growing every year. It’s high time to find out how you and your customers can adequately protect yourselves against this. Three of these common digital threats and the appropriate cloud security are described below.

Cloud security

1. Ransomware and cryptoware

With ransomware and cryptoware ICT systems are ‘taken hostage’ by making them inaccessible. After the owners of the hosted ICT systems have paid ransom, the systems are (usually) released again. With cryptoware, the data is also encrypted, making it extra difficult to release the systems. Since the rise of ransomware and cryptoware in 2013, this form of digital crime has grown considerably. It’s the most common form of digital crime at the moment.

Cryptoware is especially popular among criminals, because many organisations find it easier to pay the ransom than to make the hijacked systems available again. Time is also an important factor. No organisation wants to stall for too long, and it’s often quicker to pay the ransom than to find a solution at that moment, unless … you have a good backup.

A backup to fall back on

Of course you don’t want to pay criminals to get your own data back. So, make sure you have an up-to-date backup of your data. This way you’ll always have a copy to fall back on and criminals won’t keep you from your work. Of course this only works if this backup is located in a different location than where your ‘hijacked’ systems are running. The Fundaments (cloud) backup location offers you such a secure ‘external’ backup location. Read here about what else you can do against ransomware and cryptoware you.

2. DDoS attacks

DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) attacks are increasingly common. These attacks are also becoming more and more extensive. With such an attack, criminals try to make your services digitally inaccessible. Overloading a certain server makes it inaccessible, so you and your customers can no longer access their email, web or application server. And that means downtime, unless … you use the DDoS service from Fundaments.

The DDoS clean up service

Standstill is not an option. Not even when you’re the target of a DDoS attack. That’s why you can now use the DDoS clean-up service at Fundaments. The DDoS clean-up service clears the unwanted traffic and ensures that the desired traffic can reach you. This means that your service is always accessible, despite the DDoS attack. And that for a very good price. It’s a very affordable subscription. Read more about the DDoS clean-up service from Fundaments here.

3. Digital intrusion

Two in five entrepreneurs face digital intrusion, or are hacked in other words. Hackers try to reach your data unnoticed and rarely with good intentions. You would dread to think what the consequences of a data leak in your organisation would be. So, it’s very important that you protect your service against this. A digital break-in can also occur to you unless you use a good firewall.

The firewall

A firewall is a security system that is placed between the internet and a computer (network) or a virtual machine (VM). Like a gatekeeper, it checks everyone who wants to go in or out and only allows access to desired visitors. The firewall prevents unauthorised access to and from your virtual environment. What is allowed past the firewall and what is blocked can be specified in the settings. A good firewall is of great importance for the security of your data. Therefore, choose a firewall from Fundaments. Which firewall is best for your environment you can read here.

Digital security

A lot of digital threats come your way every day. And unfortunately, digital security is still overestimated. Keeping the digital environment secure at the same time is a major concern for many IT managers. Especially since the duty to report data leaks act, where organisations are fined if data are not kept secure. Fortunately, you can guard against these threats with the right cloud security.

What can you do to arm yourself against digital threats:

  • Make everyone within your organisation, including yourself, aware of digital threats.
  • Provide a current backup in a location other than your own.
  • Protect your environment against DDoS attacks with the DDoS clean-up service.
  • Use a good firewall.
  • Use proper antivirus software.
  • Keep operating systems and software up-to-date.
  • Provide strong passwords with possibly a two-stage authentication.

Victim of digital threat?

If you are a victim of a digital threat always report this to the police. You can contact the digital investigation department to make an appointment by calling 0900-8844. The police could be familiar with the type of attack that concerns you and help you with this. And it’s important that the perpetrators are caught, to prevent repetition. Go to nomoreransom.org.

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