Why Are SMBs so Worried?

Why Are SMBs so Worried?

Many organizational benefits include flexibility and productivity

Cloud storage is most used by small-and-medium businesses (SMBs). The reason is that it comes with many benefits for organizations in terms of flexibility and more importantly productivity. However, it also comes with a number of technical-and-human risks that worries a majority of SMBs. A recent research shows that 61 percent of SMBs believe their data in unsafe in the cloud. Let us see the reasons why and what they can do about it.

Technical Risks

What is worrying SMBs is that when you store your data in the cloud, you are not in control of it anymore, so they find it pretty hard to trust a third party with their valuable information.

The first technical risk concerns detecting unauthorised access. It is harder when your data in stored in the cloud. When stored on premise, a natural boundary is created against unauthorised access by the need to be physically present in the office to access the data. For remote employees or partners using VPN, access can be restricted to specific devices only. On the contrary, once your data is stored in the cloud, it can be accessed from anywhere in the world and on any device, significantly increasing the chance of unauthorised access.

The second risk pertains to employees stealing data before they leave the job. For the exact same reasons, it is easier for them to do so when data is stored in the cloud and much harder for the IT team to detect or stop it.

The third risk has to do with complex hybrid-storage environment (mix of on premise and cloud storage). Working with a hybrid environment increases productivity but makes managing the security of the data stored across multiple environments very hard.

Fifty-six percent of SMBs say that it is difficult managing the security of data living in hybrid infrastructures.

Human Risks

A lot of organisations think their own data is more important than their clients’ data. This is pretty concerning knowing that third-party and insider breaches are increasing.

This way of thinking will worry those that work with large supply chains given the lack of control over data security once it lives on third-party systems. Plus, like we said before, many organisations are using a hybrid environment, and they are having trouble managing the security of data—either their clients’ or their own.

Almost half of SMBs said that moving to the cloud for storage has harmed their security. Fifty-nine percent consider that the native security of cloud storage providers is not strong enough to protect their data. Knowing that, 80 percent are simply relying on the native security of whichever cloud storage provider they are using.

There is a clear need for a solution to ensure data in the cloud remains safe.

How to Ensure Your Data is Secure in the Cloud?

First of all, the attitude of “my data is more important than yours” has to change. A huge number of organisations share sensitive data with their clients over email and via the cloud —and with the rise of supply chain attacks, all it takes is one mistake from one supplier to compromise your data. More and more, organisations inspect the cybersecurity of their partners before choosing to work with them. It is therefore crucial that organisations can demonstrate that they can keep their clients’ data safe.

The easiest way to ensure your data is protected (whether in the cloud or on a mixture of on-premise and cloud) is to invest in technology. It needs to proactively track, audit and report on all access to files and folders and alert IT teams to sceptical file activity the moment it occurs.

Having a solution in place that can give you a consistent and unique view of the security of your data across all your storage servers allows you to be the first to know if someone other than an authorized employee attempts to access your data. You will then be able to react quickly.

This article originally appeared in the October 2019 issue of Security Today.

About the Author

François Amigorena is the founder and CEO of IS Decisions.

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