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#askSBS: Shortcomings in Cloud Security



Question: What shortcomings do you see in people’s cloud security posture? 

Shadow IT: Shadow IT can really haunt IT departments since IT typically has very little control over a user signing up for an account on a website using corporate credentials. Work with your different lines of business to identify what web applications are necessary for day-to-day operations, and marry those web apps up with web browsing history and firewall logs. Don't just be reactive; know what web apps your users log into, inventory those web apps, and make sure they are added to the annual (or more frequently if needed) user access review process.

Critical Vendors: If you're using a cloud data hosting provider, be sure to truly understand that vendor's critical vendors. If your cloud provider is hosting with Amazon AWS or Microsoft Azure, be sure the cloud provider is doing their due diligence and securing those cloud storage buckets appropriately.

Testing: Be sure to test the security of your critical cloud applications or storage. Remember, if you can see those cloud apps or data, so can an attacker from anywhere in the world. Be proactive with your cloud testing and get out in front of a potential attack, rather than being forced to respond to an incident that has already occurred.


Meet Our Expert! 

Jon Waldman, CISA, CRISCJon Waldman

As an experienced cybersecurity executive and educator, Jon Waldman has worked for over 15 years to help hundreds of organizations be able to identify and understand cybersecurity risks, allowing them to make better and more informed business decisions. Jon is the Chief People Officer for SBS CyberSecurity, as well as the President of the SBS Institute. 



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Posted: Thursday, February 18, 2021
Categories: Blog, #askSBS