How to Avoid the Threat of Malware in Cloud?
Malware is defined broadly as any software program that harms your computer or data in any way. It comes in many forms such as trojan horses, spyware, viruses, worms and more. Once it enters your network, it causes harm to your system either by tampering with software or stealing the confidential information from it.
If you look through the many breaches that have happened over the last few years, malware has played an important role in identifying a vulnerability or has tapped into a weak security point to enter the network. This has happened despite the bets security practices followed by many large corporations, and it goes to show that the threat of malware is real.
This problem has grown with cloud adoption as many cybercriminals are capitalizing on even the smallest of loopholes. Unfortunately, it’s also because many cloud providers don’t have any dedicated protection to malware in the cloud. Only the most prominent ones such as G Cloud, Azure and Office 365 have the means to indentify “known” malware while there is absolutely no protection whatsoever to protect your information from new or unknown malwares.
In such a situation, what can you do to protect your company from the threat of malware?
Dedicated malware solutions
The first and the most important step is to have a dedicated malware solution that watches out for any suspicious programs in the network, identifies and isolates them at the earliest. This identification can happen based on the behavior of the program, its source, size and more.
Malware threats become successful only when they can penetrate the endpoints of any data. So, a good way to protect your system is to scan the data that flows to the endpoints, so whatever malware that gets slipped into the network doesn’t eventually reach the servers or desktops where important information is stored.
A key aspect of a good malware solution is to ensure that it works well across different platforms. Today, most of us use more than one gadget, so it makes sense to create a program that works across different systems.
Preventing the spread
An important and often overlooked aspect of malware protection is containing its spread. Let’s say, the malware has entered your network. Your program should contain and isolate it, so that it doesn’t spread to all the servers and systems on the network.
Overall, these are some of the things you need to consider to proactively avoid the threat of malware to your cloud storage.