Before leaving the office for a vacation, there are a few steps that IT teams should take to ensure data stored within the cloud remains secure.
1. Make sure you have coverage
When out of the office, IT teams must ensure the network is monitored for suspicious activity that might indicate an attack. Depending on the size of your team, it might make sense to enlist a managed security service provider. It is challenging, and not always practical, to have full redundancy on your security team. Having an MSP that is up-to-speed and aware of your environment can be a big help.Before leaving, review your organization’s security protocols with your MSP. This will give you peace of mind that your cloud environment is being monitored across endpoints, applications, and the perimeter, ensuring your team is being alerted when they must respond to incidents.
2. Ensure cloud backup
As organizations increasingly move their data into multiple clouds, regular, secure backups are necessary to ensure data is always available. For example, in the event of a ransomware attack, having a recent backup allows data retrieval without having to pay.For the best visibility, security teams should back up all of their data, stored across the multi-cloud environment and on premises, to one centralized storage point. Enlisting an enterprise class backup vendor allows IT teams to securely back data up with single pane of glass visibility and time-based roll back capabilities in the event of a breach.
3. Administer patches
Before logging off for a summer trip, security professionals must review their solution stack, operating systems, applications, and devices to ensure that all known vulnerabilities have been patched. This will protect your network from situations similar to those of WannaCry and NotPetya which exploited known vulnerabilities.With a team you trust monitoring your cloud security program, your data securely backed up across cloud environments and on-premises instances, and known vulnerabilities patched, your corporate network has the necessary defenses in place during your absence.