Navigating Cloud security in 2024: Best practices and security checklist 

Maintaining cloud security is not only the responsibility of Cloud services provider. Companies that utilise cloud services should prioritise implementing cloud security best practices to avoid significant data breaches, protect sensitive information, and avoid substantial financial losses. 

Over 80% of organisations operating in the cloud have experienced at least one type of cyberattack initiated by external factors, or unintentional mistakes. The FBI reported a 48% increase in cybercrime in 2022. 

Why is cloud security important?

Cloud security enables better business outcomes by being fast, frictionless, proactive, cost-effective, and scalable. While many companies consider cloud security to be the biggest inhibitor of the cloud journey, in reality it is a big innovation enabler.

Ensuring cloud security can be a complex and challenging task. However, implementing the right security measures and taking the right steps to avoid bad scenarios can help fortify your cloud environment. Equipped with extensive experience in helping companies transition to the cloud and accelerate their cloud-first resilience, in this blog, we will share the best practices and security checklist you should follow in 2024 to implement cybersecurity at the heart of your cloud transformation journey. 

Navigating Cloud security in 2024: Best practices and security checklist

Understand the top cloud security risks 

Identify all of the sensitive information on your cloud platform, from customer information and health data to confidential designs and trade secrets. Conduct vulnerability assessments and penetration tests to detect threats to your cloud security and create the right cloud security management plan. 

Use cloud security frameworks  

While using cloud security policies is imperative, you can also consider implementing cloud security frameworks — documents produced by various public or private organisations such as NIST and ISO. The frameworks provide valuable information on how to carry out audits, manage threats, and meet regulatory compliance goals. This way you will ensure your cloud security solution complies with industry recommendations 

Establish an IAM strategy  

IAM is a framework of policies aimed at helping you and your organisation create efficient workflows and equip your workforce with the right skills to maintain the security of your critical assets. 

We bring you the IAM cloud security best practices checklist:

  • Two-Factor Authentication, and Multi-Factor Authentication
  • Create provisioning and de-provisioning processes 
  • Create a user access review process using PBAC (Policy Based Access Control)
  • Disable idle accounts 
  • Assign responsibilities to key stakeholders 

Enable Single Sign-on

Single sign-on (SSO) is an authentication mechanism that empowers users to securely log in to numerous applications and services with a single set of credentials, eliminating the necessity to recall distinct passwords for each service. Since most companies today rely on communication tools such as Slack, Zoom, and Google Workspace, Single Sign-on can help companies access every integrated app with just one password. Cloud-based SSO is a more cost-effective and flexible approach. 

It reduces the need for physical hardware, provides scalability to adjust service usage, and leverages cloud providers’ security and compliance measures. Overall, it is the right solution for organisations whose goal is to implement and maintain robust security with minimal overhead. 

Explore how Okta Single Sign-on, developed by our long-term partner and a world-leading identity provider Okta, seamlessly integrates with over 6,000 popular applications, or delve into their end-user experience to begin your SSO journey. It will help you raise the bar for security and user experience at once, empower your admins, and build the tech ecosystem of your choice. 

Implement cloud security training 

To strengthen your cloud resilience, you must equip your workforce with the right knowledge and skills to be able to use cloud assets securely. One way to do this is to conduct internal training courses that should provide our teams with the basics of cloud security such as avoiding cyberattacks and maintaining password hygiene. On top of this, your employees should be well aware of your cloud security policy and understand risk assessment when changing providers or adding new apps, 

Create a comprehensive data backup and recovery policy 

Restoring data and operations after the cyberattack is imperative if you want to prevent huge financial losses and potential business failure. Having a comprehensive data backup, and recovery policy is essential to prevent these scenarios from happening. Your cloud security policy should include the following checklist:

  • Data retention policy
  • Gap assessments 
  • Penalties for non-compliance
  • Verification of policy compliance
  • A safeguarding protocol is in place to ensure that backup data is encrypted both while in transit and while at rest
  • Departments responsible for the backup process
  • Frequency of backups 

Encrypt your data 

Companies using cloud services should encrypt their data in transit and at rest. Data in transit is a critical security risk. Encryption allows organisations to securely share their data while maintaining control over who can access it and ensuring it is protected from unauthorised access. Data encryption also addresses compliance with regulatory standards and protects data as it moves from third-party cloud-based apps. 

How can Deployflow help you triumph on your journey toward a secure cloud? 

The cloud technology continuously evolves, with features and services undergoing constant updates and replacements. Collaborating with organisations such as Deployflow, which dedicate time to researching emerging technologies and comprehending market trends, proves invaluable.

In our organisation, we have a longstanding commitment to deploying secure solutions, particularly when working with financial services, where security is of utmost importance. Over the years, we’ve consistently prioritised the forefront of managing and maintaining highly secure and compliant approaches to information and data management,” says Thomas Radosh, CTO and Co-founder at Deployflow

As part of our ongoing efforts, we are presently pursuing ISO 27001 certification, having already attained certification for cyber essentials. While we make sure we follow best practices, we are actively refining our policies and workflows to better align with industry standards. Our devices undergo uniform encryption, and we advocate for adopting multi-factor authentication, including support for hardware keys.

Deployflow can guide organisations in leveraging the latest tools and opportunities to achieve greater success in their cloud journey. Contact one of our experts to learn how we can help you on this journey. 


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Published on April 25, 2024