5 Big Mistakes in Securing Cloud Application Data

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Zombie Accounts

Zombie accounts: Employees who are no longer with the company but still have access

Companies use many SaaS applications to keep their critical business functions working. Typically, employees have individual accounts in each SaaS application. We often see companies continue to experience transactions in their SaaS applications from accounts of employees who left long ago. In general, these transactions originate from third-party applications that the ex-employees configured. These accounts can end up in the hands of hackers or malicious ex-employees, causing data leakage and non-compliance with internal and external regulations.

Organizations need to create and follow a process to immediately de-provision unused (zombie) user accounts.

In today's increasingly flexible work environment, many organizations implement and rely on cloud services like Salesforce®, Google Apps for Business™, Microsoft® Office 365™ and Box to streamline business functions, increase resource utilization and enhance corporate elasticity. Yet without proper data protection, enterprises run the risk of exposing sensitive, proprietary information.

Cloud service providers (CSPs) and their customers share responsibility for security. While cloud service providers have seen improvements in securing their platforms and offering tools to help with security, customers find it difficult to keep up with all of the responsibilities related to securing their apps. Gartner predicts that through 2020, 95 percent of cloud security failures will be the customer's fault.

To avoid such failures, Ganesh Kirti, CTO of Palerra, has put together a list of the five most common mistakes that enterprises make and provides suggestions for keeping your cloud environment safe moving forward.


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