More and more workplaces are going mobile. Experts have predicted that the mobile workforce will reach 1.87 billion by 2022. That will represent 42.5 percent of the entire workforce around the world.
These changes will be made possible by advanced technologies like cloud computing. Companies have been transitioning to the cloud from internal servers at a high rate, with over 77 percent of enterprises now using the cloud for at least a portion of their information, according to Forbes.
Yet, as the freedom of a mobile workforce can enhance productivity, it also brings complications when it comes to keeping data secure. In short, with multiple workers being able to access company files through cloud computing, it puts company data at increased risk for cyber attacks.
“Organizations need to be prepared for the security risks that working in the cloud can bring,” tech executive Thierry LeVasseur explains.
Cloud security trends 2019
The centralization of valuable data and enterprise information makes the cloud an attractive target for cyber hackers. Though their methods are well-known by security and IT professionals, keeping the cloud security is more complicated because of the number of users. Here are some things that companies need to be aware of when it comes to cloud security over the next 12 months.
1.General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) compliance-
businesses that work in the cloud will need to ensure their policies and practices are in line with the GDPR. A recent report shows that just 12 percent of IT organizations around the world were aware of how the new regulation will impact their cloud services.
2. Account compromises will increase-
As the number of cloud users rises so to will successful account attacks. Thierry LeVasseur advises that companies need to take cloud security seriously and implement policies that will reduce the number of employees who are able to access cloud data and increase security around that information.
3. Vulnerability management will get better-
cloud service providers have been doing their part to keep online data safe, but users will need to improve their security hygiene habits. One report has found that 23 percent of organizations in the cloud has failed to install important patches, which puts the cloud at risk.
While cloud computing offers organizations freedom and enhanced productivity for employees, it needs to be used cautiously to keep data safe from attacks. Keeping software up-to-date, educating everyone in the company and limiting the number of workers that are able to access the cloud data will help keep your organization’s important information safe.