With more and more businesses in Asia recognising the benefits of virtualised and cloud-based infrastructure, first-time cloud users are being urged to adhere to five security must-dos, Digital News Asia reports.
Cybersecurity firm Fortinet says those organisations new to cloud-based infrastructure should carry out five things before taking the plunge as they can be "most at risk".
Fortinet's country manager for Malaysia, Michelle Ong, said first-time cloud users are most susceptible to a breach "simply because of their unfamiliarity with the new environment."
She added that they will, understandably, not be used to the "added burden of having to grapple with a new way of managing users, data and security."
However, while the potential advantages of both virtualising servers and adopting cloud computing are "well-proven", the cloud security risks are inevitably rising in line with adoption.
As such, in the next five years, Forrester Research suggests that US$2 billion will be spent by enterprises to shore up their cloud defences. This tallies with data from cloud security firm Alert Logic which says that cloud attacks are growing at 45% year-on-year globally.
Fortinet points out that Apple, Amazon and Microsoft – oft considered the leaders in cloud computing – have all suffered a breach, illustrating the threat risk.
The firm's advice comprises five elements: have a technical knowledge of the cloud vendor and software; add an extra layer of protection to your security measures; embrace data encryption; ensure virtual security appliances are in place; and educate your users about shadow IT.