How to Secure Data in the Cloud
The primary concern preventing risk-conscious organizations from adopting cloud computing is: how to control, secure and protect data that is processed by a third party service.
Organizations have a growing number of options to encrypt data in transit to the cloud, and at rest in the cloud service provider’s environment. However, in order to effectively protect sensitive and confidential information in the cloud, encryption must be applied across the data lifecycle: in transit, at rest and in use. Without implementing encryption of data in use, corporate data is in the clear when processed in a third-party environment. Encryption in use is, therefore, required to effectively address several security challenges presented by data sitting naked in the cloud, specifically:
- Implementing security best practices, including separation of controls
- Protecting against compromises of the cloud service provider by targeted application-layer attacks
- Mitigating the risk of rogue Employees at the Cloud Service Provider
- Minimizing the potential for inadvertent Exposure and Data Co-mingling
Vaultive addresses cloud data security requirements through encryption in use capabilities – while preserving the end user experience and cloud service functionality. Vaultive’s gateway encrypts enterprise data at the edge of the trusted network, before it is sent to the cloud service provider. Enterprise data is persistently encrypted at the cloud service provider, but the encryption is entirely transparent to users accessing the data through the gateway. Should the cloud service provider be compromised, or a hacker gain access through stolen credentials, they will only gain access to encrypted gibberish and will be unable to decipher the content.