Gatekeepers of the Cloud: How Secure is your Cloud Service?

18/02/2019 09:49:05

Gatekeepers of the Cloud: How Secure is your Cloud Service?

Who has been tasked with policing the gates of heaven AKA: the Cloud, and how do they keep out those with malicious intensions? The unenviable and thankless job of “Gatekeeper” of the Cloud has been recently relegated to Software as a Service (SaaS) providers as more individuals, businesses and organizations rely on these services daily. With the protection of the Cloud being increasingly outsourced, we must ask ourselves – exactly who is protecting your data and what questions do you ask to find out if you are safe?

Does your SaaS provider use two or more factor authentication?
On average, enterprises experience 23.2 cloud-related threats per month from external sources and 10.9 cloud-related insider threats per month. Sangfor IAM offers unified authentication management and multiple authentication including username/password, IP/MAC binding, QR code, SMS, Facebook and WeChat among others. With more granular control over permissions based on user, application, location and client, Sangfor IAM becomes the “Gatekeeper,” allowing IT personnel to concentrate on granular management and big-picture issues.

Do you have granular control of your data?
You can’t protect against what you can’t see and those administrators without granular control of their data are asking for trouble in the event of a theft or data loss. Sangfor IAM offers professional internet bandwidth management, application control, URL filters, traffic and information control, illegal hotspot/proxy control, behaviour analysis and wireless network management – and no excuses for not knowing who has access to your network and data.

How is your data stored or backed up?
SaaS providers require clients to securely backup their own data, but regardless of these warnings, many organizations assume the SaaS providers will be able to restore any lost data. This simply isn’t accurate. Between accidental deletion, departing employees, hacktivists, malicious insiders, rogue applications or SaaS providers prolonged outages – storage and backup needs to be taken in-hand by organizations. Sangfor HCI and aSAN stores 2-3 copies of data while data can be written synchronously so as to ensure data consistency. Patented I/O localization technology allows aSAN to detect where VM’s data is stored and make it a priority to run the VM on that physical host, dramatically increasing IOPS in a clustered environment. In addition, daily incremental backup and hourly snapshot backup eliminates the need for backup software or host.

Are there login and internet access controls in place?
Without login and internet access controls in place an organization can quickly find itself with insufficient bandwidth for critical work applications or even at risk of being infiltrated by hackers. Sangfor IAM services like URL filtering, APP control, internet traffic reporting, anti-proxy, authentication and built-in firewall and IPSec VPN modules protect data and users on any network. IAM also identifies and controls non-work related applications on the network, allocating bandwidth for business-critical applications and improving work efficiency, productivity and the safety of your network.

About Sangfor
Founded in 2000 and a publicly traded company as of 2018 (SANGFOR STOCK CODE: 300454 (CH)) Sangfor Technologies is the global leading vendor of IT infrastructure solutions specializing in Cloud Computing and Network Security. For more information about how Sangfor can guide your cloud transformation safely and securely, please visit our website

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