Many businesses employ powerful cloud platforms such as Google Cloud to store company data – spreadsheets, documents, databases, images, applications, software and much more. But some businesses contemplating Google Cloud Platform wonder: Is Google Cloud safe? Is data stored in Google Cloud secure?
The answers to these questions appear to be “yes,” as long as companies take extra steps to make certain that data won’t be compromised. Below are some Google Cloud security best practices that business leaders should be aware of when working with their teams to ensure the security of company information.
Why Use Google Cloud?
As might be expected, Google has put a lot of resources into making Google Cloud a state-of-the-art storage platform. Unlike some upstart cloud providers, Google Cloud has evolved a reputation for quality data storage performance. Accessible anywhere in the world, Google Cloud claims to be “cost-effective and constantly improving.” It delivers all the high-performance infrastructure companies need for storage of their data.
Google Cloud also includes powerful tools for analyzing big data. Companies generate all kinds of data that can be useful in tracking business transactions, identifying customer or client trends, pinpointing inefficiencies in systems, and making informed decisions on the future of the business. Google Cloud’s customizable business intelligence (BI) analytics can propel businesses to greater success.
Keeping Google Cloud Secure
Along with Google Cloud’s respectable track record comes a commitment to security. Google works strenuously to ensure that data stored in Google Cloud is protected from intrusions. Although a public cloud platform has inherent security risks that a more expensive private cloud would not, Google nevertheless understands that the security of company data must be a major concern of any cloud platform.
While Google is doing its part in keeping data protected, security is a shared responsibility. Here are some Google Cloud security best practices companies should take into account:
Data Classification. Data has different degrees of sensitivity. Classifying data allows companies to categorize any data that should be restricted from wider distribution or otherwise confined to certain user groups. This is especially critical for data containing private information that could identify a specific individual, whether an employee or a customer.
Access Control. Companies are responsible for controlling access to data. It’s important to set user permissions at the project and application levels. This includes preventing end users from sharing critical information outside the corporate network or public cloud infrastructure.
Password Protection. Insisting that users have strong passwords is always a security best practice, especially when working in the cloud. Passwords should be as unpredictable and as random as possible. Two-factor authentication solutions (such as a password and token, password and emailed code, password and fingerprint) make it even harder for attackers to gain control of an account.
Data Encryption. Encrypting data is essential for creating a secure working environment. This is especially important when transferring data into or out of the cloud. Employing strong encryption, at all phases of data management, makes it more unlikely that data will be compromised.
Vulnerability Testing. It’s also important that data environments be routinely checked for vulnerability. Vulnerability assessment and penetration testing (VAPT) look for code flaws and application leaks that might make data insecure. If a vulnerability is found, it should be reported to Google via the Vulnerability Reward Program.
Security Sharing with Consultants. When hiring cloud platform consultants, companies should look for ones that takes security and privacy seriously. Any third-party vendor that handles business information should have the highest certification available when it comes to security processes.
At RDX, security is of paramount importance. Although we don’t store or process any data for our customers, we adhere to one of the most comprehensive security and privacy frameworks in the IT industry and have audited every security control possible within our organization. We reduce the risk of business disruption by leveraging RDX’s expertise and controls – which includes SSAE16, AICPA SOC 2 and PCI DSS compliance – ensuring the security, availability, integrity, confidentiality and privacy of data and transactions. You don’t become the #1 provider and pioneer of remote DBA services without paying close attention to data security.