Cloud security involves the procedures and technology that secure cloud computing environments against external and insider cybersecurity threats.
Cloud computing -- the delivery of information technology services over the internet -- has become a must for businesses and governments seeking to accelerate innovation and collaboration.
At Shield IT, we thrive to create secure clouds for customers, by preventing breaches and retaining public and customer trust.
We help clients solve the primary cloud security challenges of visibility and control over cloud data:
Visibility into cloud data — to help enterprises answer the following questions
- What data is stored in the cloud?
- Who is using cloud data?
- The roles of users with access to cloud data.
- With whom cloud users share data?
- Where cloud data is located
- Where cloud data is being accessed and downloaded from , including from which device?
Control over cloud data — Once visibility into cloud data is made possible, we can apply the controls that best suit our clients including:
Data classification on multiple levels, e.g. sensitive, regulated or public. Once classified, data can be stopped from entering or leaving the cloud service.
Data Loss Prevention (DLP) — Shield IT implements a cloud DLP solution to protect data from unauthorised access and automatically disables access and transport of data if suspicious activity is detected.
Collaboration controls — that manage controls within the cloud service, e.g. downgrading file and folder permissions for specified users to editor or viewer, removing permissions, and revoking shared links.
Encryption — We use cloud data encryption to prevent unauthorised access to data, even if such data is exfiltrated or stolen.
Access to cloud data and applications — Access control is a vital component of cloud security. Some of Shield IT's typical controls include:
- User access control: We implement system and application access controls to ensure that only authorised users access cloud data and applications.
- Device access control: We use this control to block access when a personal, unauthorised device tries to access cloud data.
- Malicious behaviour identification to detect compromised accounts and insider threats with user behaviour analytics (UBA) so that malicious data exfiltration is avoided.
- Malware prevention that denies malware access to cloud services using techniques e.g. file-scanning, application whitelisting, machine learning-based malware detection, and network traffic analysis.
- Privileged access whereby all possible forms of access are identified for privileged accounts, and controls are enforced to mitigate exposure.
- CASB (Cloud Access Security Broker). A cloud-hosted software or on-premises software or hardware, CASB acts as an intermediary between users and cloud service providers. CASB addresses gaps in security extends across software-as-a-service (SaaS), platform-as-a-service (PaaS), and infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) environments. It also provides visibility and allows organizations to extend the reach of their security policies from existing on-premises infrastructure to the cloud and create new policies for cloud-specific context.
- Compliance. Shield IT works with clients to augment existing compliance requirements and practices to include data and applications residing in the cloud.
- Risk assessment. With clients, we review and update risk assessments to include cloud services; and identify and address risk factors introduced by cloud environments and providers.
- Compliance Assessments to review and update compliance assessments for PCI, HIPAA, and other application regulatory requirements.
- NCA Compliance. We help customers ensure full compliance with Saudi Arabia's National Cybersecurity Authority's Controls for Cloud Computing.