Regularly audit cloud permissions

The cloud — due to being a centralized repository of sensitive information — is a common target for cybercriminals. By conducting regular audits of cloud permissions, you best safeguard yourself and your data from potential breaches. When assigning permissions, consider the principle of the least privilege, granting users and systems only the minimum access they need to perform their tasks effectively.

Here’s how regular cloud permission audits can safeguard your data:

  1. Least privilege principle: Grant users and systems only the minimum permissions they need to perform their tasks effectively. This reduces the attack surface and minimizes potential damage in case of a breach.
  2. Identify and revoke unnecessary permissions: Regularly review permissions and revoke any that are no longer needed. This helps prevent unauthorized access and potential data leaks.
  3. Monitor user activity: Keep an eye on user activity logs to detect any anomalies or suspicious behavior. This proactive approach can help identify and stop unauthorized access in its tracks.
  4. Implement multi-factor authentication (MFA): Add an extra layer of security by requiring MFA for all cloud access. This makes it much harder for unauthorized individuals to gain access, even if they have a user’s password.
  5. Conduct regular training and awareness sessions: Educate employees on cloud security practices and the importance of proper permission management. This helps prevent accidental data exposure and reduces the risk of human error.