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Cloud Security Standards: Yes, They Do Exist

Posted February 22, 2022

In 2022, you can bet that organizations–from healthcare to higher ed to technology–are relying on some level of public or private cloud service to operate. The COVID-19 health crisis has only served as a catalyst for this digital revolution, creating new possibilities and efficiencies as organizations across the globe move to a predominantly remote work model and rethink how business gets done.

Cloud computing gives businesses increased agility, lower costs, more storage capacity and many other benefits.

  • Healthcare workers can share patient records and centralize information more easily.
  • Educators can better maintain student information and make their curriculum more open and accessible.
  • Technologists can scale faster and operate more efficiently.

The cloud also introduces new risks and security challenges.

At GreyCastle Security, we’re here to provide you with advanced solutions that prevent and mitigate these new risks. The Cloud Security Assessment was designed for this reason.

What is a Cloud Security Assessment?

A Cloud Security Assessment (CSA) is a top-to-bottom examination of your cloud platform that ensures compliance and measures your security risk against recognized benchmarks. During a CSA, a security specialist will examine the cloud application you are using and any related elements to ensure you are not relying on default or typical security settings for protection. We will partner with you to insert proper controls prioritizing operations and security.

During a CSA, we will:

  • Examine your cloud environment (such as Microsoft 365, Microsoft Azure, AWS or Google Cloud) to find technical and administrative security gaps
  • Identify improvements to your environment based on benchmarks from organizations like the Center for Internet Security and the Defense Information Systems Agency
  • Create guardrails, sensible defaults, offer templates and best practices to establish security baselines
  • Deliver detailed guidance and actionable recommendations to improve your security and prevent a future threat

All businesses using cloud computing are susceptible to cyberattacks.

Why Is A Cloud Security Assessment Important?

 Cloud adoption is no longer an exotic consideration, but security still gets cited as the number one inhibitor to the adoption of Cloud by 77% of business leaders.

Web applications continue to be the king of data breach attacks and are often now the preferred environment for healthcare workers, students, developers and other professionals. With more data than ever stored in the cloud, identifying points of access and other weaknesses is vital to maintaining a secure organization.

A CSA from GreyCastle Security provides the peace of mind you need to find the right balance between protection and business innovation.

When Should I Perform a Cloud Security Assessment?

You may assume the responsibility for cloud security rests with your cloud provider, but this is not the case when it comes to day-to-day operations. Until you make them so, most cloud computing programs are not secure by default.

The best time to perform a CSA is before you transfer critical data into the cloud. This is to protect the data being moved, as well as to plan appropriately. As making the move will impact IT expenditures and budgets, it is important to understand the effort and resources for security before the move.

If you have already undergone a move toward the cloud, the time to perform a CSA is now.

Why GreyCastle Security?

Ensuring compliance, maintaining control over your data, managing user access and creating comprehensive security processes is a lot to handle. However, when you partner with an expert organization that understands the cybersecurity landscape, you can manage your cyber assets cost-effectively.

At GreyCastle Security, staying ahead of ever-evolving threats is what we do every day. Our in-house experts are here to ensure your CSA is executed correctly and that your organization operates securely, free from the fear of a potential security breach. We’re here when you need us to discuss your cybersecurity needs.


Let’s Discuss Your Cybersecurity Needs

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