MFA and Zero Trust: The Two Pillars of Cloud Security
Operating in the Cloud has become the new standard for organizations. But if you’re going for Cloud solutions, don't be fooled by the idea that your data is safe. It is important to invest in Cloud Security.
Digital Transformation needs Cloud Security
To meet today’s global remote challenges while ensuring your business is ready for the next generation of workers, you must provide modern digital workplaces. As digital transformation requires an agile IT infrastructure, many companies across industries are moving their applications to cloud platforms. In fact, it seems that the Cloud has become one of the main locations for businesses to store data.
As a reminder, cloud computing is the on-demand availability of IT services (including servers, storage, databases, network management, software, analysis tools, artificial intelligence) via the internet (the cloud).
Why companies are moving to Cloud computing
Cloud computing offers modern businesses advantages.
Eliminates the need to invest in hardware and software, and to configure and manage on-site data centres. Besides, Cloud providers typically use a "pay-as-you-go" model which can come in very handy.
Simplifies data backup, recovery and business continuity. It makes these activities less expensive, as data can be mirrored across multiple redundant sites within the provider's network.
Enhances flexibility and mobility as it allows users to access data anywhere and from any device.
Promotes collaboration as users can access, edit and share documents in real time giving them full visibility of their collaborations.
Whole new world of possibilities
Offers a wide range of services, available on a self-service and on-demand basis, without the need to possess the resources and skills that would have been necessary to create such services.
Cloud Security is the new Cyber Security
Each year, more and more companies are migrating to the cloud, and the number of cyber attacks is increasing, as if they were keeping pace. Hence, it is a mistake to think that the data in the cloud is safe.
92% of all organizations have stolen cloud credentials for sale on the Dark Web - McAfee Report 2018
Data in the cloud is more exposed to attacks and breaches than companies think. The majority of the threats to data in the cloud result from compromised accounts. Although some Cloud computing vendors offer a security solution for their services (Salesforce Authenticator, Microsoft Azure MFA, Google Authenticator) it is not always the most efficient.
Cybersecurity is not just about IT security but it should also include user experience for end-users, just like for IT teams too. Investing in Cloud Security means contributing to the agility and flexibility of the organization to optimize its operations.
MFA and Zero Trust for Cloud Security defense
Implementing a multi-factor authentication (MFA) solution for Cloud data security follows the principle of the Zero Trust model. MFA is mostly known for creating a layered defence and making it more difficult for an unauthorised person to access a network or database. It is an excellent Cloud security tool for businesses workforce.
MFA blocks more than 99.9% of account takeover attacks
Another benefit that companies can enjoy by implementing an MFA solution is to facilitate the login experience of their users (employees, partners, etc.). But for this, they need to choose a passwordless MFA solution. Not only is passwordless faster and more convenient for users to connect to data, it is also more secure, both in its technical design and because it removes the need for password management, one of the weakest links in access security.
Check out our blog post on "how to migrate to passwordless authentication in 3 lines of code".
Deploying an MFA solution is inexpensive, especially considering the many positive effects it brings. inWebo MFA B2B and/or B2C (depending on your needs) is a multifactor authentication solution that can be implemented not only on all cloud applications, but also on VPN, PAM, SSO and IAM. A single solution is enough to secure all data entry points, whether internal or external.
How to choose the right solution MFA ?
Not all MFA solutions are the same as the technologies behind them are quite different. There are several other criteria to consider when evaluating the security and user experience of the different vendors.
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