Cloud Adoption and Cybersecurity: A Business’ Vulnerabilities and Responsibilities

Almost half of businesses say they plan to migrate 50% or more of their applications to the cloud in the coming year. Do you know what security components you’re responsible for when you use SaaS applications like Microsoft 365, Google Workspace, Slack, and Zoom? 

Are you aware of the risks when you move important applications to cloud infrastructure? 

Do you realize that misconfiguring of cloud resources is a leading cause of data leakage? And that email – whether it’s in the cloud or on-premises – remains a leading source of cybersecurity risk?

To make the security aspects even trickier, cybercrime is up 600% due to COVID-19. There are multiple reasons for this spike, including more employees working remotely from home, where their networks are typically less secure than their workplace environment. Remote work relies more heavily on storing information in the cloud, which expands your organization’s total attack surface, increasing your risk for a cyberattack.

Cybercriminals are getting smarter, too, deploying increasingly advanced and clever tools to attack organizations, including infiltrating cloud-based software-as-a-service (SaaS) applications. Small to medium-sized businesses are especially vulnerable as they typically have fewer internal resources available to identify potential vulnerabilities or work to prevent (and resolve) cyberattacks.

Managing security for cloud-based applications adds another layer of complication for cybersecurity teams. 

The rise in cybercrime underscores that businesses need trained professionals to help identify vulnerabilities and reduce risk. Cloud security experts should be part of that equation.

But who, exactly, is responsible for what?

Learn more about what roles SaaS, providers, and customers play when it comes to security and responsibilities. When you understand who is responsible for physical security, host infrastructure security, network and application-level controls, identity and access management, and endpoint protection in your IT environment, you can greatly reduce the risk of moving to – and operating in – the cloud. Defining roles is essential to ensuring nothing falls between the cracks when it comes to defending and protecting against costly, damaging security breaches in our “new normal.”

The team at Leapfrog paves the way for digital transformation by building the IT infrastructure you need for cloud adoption and migration, as well as employing the latest in cybersecurity best practices. Contact Leapfrog to discuss a plan that combines the convenience and efficiency of the cloud with the security you need. We’re a managed security services provider (MSSP) with more than 20 years of experience keeping cybercriminals away.

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