Cloud Cyber Security Review Service
We provide affordable cloud cyber security review services for organisations across the UK and globally, including Microsoft 365, Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services and more.
One of the biggest causes of data security breaches today is Cloud misconfiguration, which usually happens when a user fails to implement the correct security settings in a cloud application, leaving organisations with exposure to cyber risk.
Fortunately, cloud configuration reviews can help solve this common problem. With the right tools, procedures and governance structures, you can reduce your chances of accidental data exposure in the cloud and achieve effective cyber security.
To ensure your valuable data remains secure in the cloud, it is important that the security pitfalls that could result from the use of cloud services are assessed, and controls are put in place to mitigate any resulting information security risks.
The recent update to ISO 27001 introduced some changes, one of which outlines the processes required for the acquisition, use, management and exit from cloud services. Read more about risk management and Information security for the use of cloud services.
Competitive fixed rates
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UK based, highly qualified and
ISO 9001, ISO 27001
CREST, Cyber Essenttials Plus
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We will conduct a security standard assessment of the Cloud Service against best practice, based on the applicable CIS Benchmark, the Cloud Supplier’s own guidance and our consultant’s knowledge and expertise.
This service is delivered over 5 days and covers:
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Take key steps to cyber security success and let our highly experienced and qualified information security experts support you in reviewing and configuring your cloud security to mitigate cyber risks.
This extensive guide to cloud security will provide you with information about the different types of cloud security review services, common security issues with the cloud and steps you can take to improve your organisation’s cyber and cloud security posture.
We recently supported Inter Scientific with their cloud migration configuration settings and penetration testing requirements. Read our full case study with the innovative organisation here.
How do you migrate your cloud securely? In this article, we discuss the security considerations that should be at the forefront of your cloud migration security strategy.
Our cloud security experts have helped organisations like yours to migrate their cloud securely, ensuring configurations are set up and taking the heavy lifting away from you. Find out how.
How do you select the right cloud provider from so many? We have identified some ISO 27001 context best practices to consider when choosing a Cloud Service Provider.
1 – Ensure that Cloud Service Providers have effective threat detection and monitoring capabilities to identify and respond to incidents in a timely manner.
2 – Establish clear data classification and guidelines for data ownership and responsibility in the cloud, including requirements for segregation and access control.
3 – Conduct regular security audits of Cloud Service Providers to ensure they remain compliant with relevant security standards and regulations. For instance, if security is a priority, look for suppliers accredited with certifications like ISO 27001 or the government’s Cyber Essentials Scheme., including requirements for data retention, audit-ability and reporting.
4 – Ensure that the Cloud Service Providers have effective incident response plans in place that outline the steps to be taken in the event of an incident as well as the roles and responsibilities. This will minimize the impact of security incidents and prevent future security incidents from occurring. They should also regularly back up data stored in the cloud to ensure that it can be recovered in the event of a security incident or data loss.
5 – Ensure that Cloud Service Providers have effective identity and access management controls in place and established clear guidelines for the use of multi-factor authentication in the cloud.
6 – Establish clear guidelines for data portability and ensure that Cloud Service Providers provide a mechanism for data export and transfer in the event of service termination or provider lock-in.
7 – Monitor Cloud Service Provider’s compliance with service level agreements (SLAs) and take action if SLAs are not met.
8 – Establish clear guidelines for the use of third-party applications and services in the cloud, including requirements for authentication, authorisation and data protection.
9 – Conduct regular vulnerability assessment and penetration testing to address potential security weaknesses in the cloud environment.
10 – Establish clear guidelines for encrypting sensitive data both in transit and at rest to ensure that it cannot be intercepted or accessed by unauthorised parties and that Cloud Service Providers have effective key management controls in place to protect encrypted data.
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To understand cloud security, it is necessary to understand what we mean by the ‘cloud’. At the most fundamental level, the Cloud (sometimes referred to as ‘Cloud computing’ or ‘Cloud services’) is just a different way of providing digital services.
The physical technology and hardware that underpins Cloud services are no different to what is available to consumers and all other businesses – it’s just that the physical infrastructure is owned and managed by the Cloud provider, who provides a service in a flexible, scalable, on-demand manner which supports self-service. Cloud, therefore, is more about service provision than it is about technology.
Cloud services take many different forms – and as long as they still follow the characteristics listed above – they are all still Cloud services… even if they aren’t all equal.
There are three “categories” that Cloud services are usually grouped into (terms you
may have heard before), they are:
> Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS)
> Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS)
> Software-as-a-Service (SaaS)
Not all Cloud services are equal – they come in various forms, shapes and size – so, as you would expect, securing them is not always the same. Whilst the exact activities will vary, the considerations fall into the following categories:
> Assurances from our Cloud Provider
> Our Configuration of the Cloud service
> Penetration Testing Cloud services/in Cloud environments
> Visibility and Awareness of the Cloud service
The short – and best – answer to this question is that the two different ways of doing service provision have different risk profiles. For some risks, choosing to move to the Cloud will potentially make it a higher-risk proposition; in other cases, you may inherently reduce a risk by the way Cloud services work.