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Cloud security in 2021: A business guide to essential tools and best practices

Cloud computing services have become a vital tool for most businesses. It's a trend that has accelerated recently, with cloud-based services such as Zoom, Microsoft 365 and Google Workspace and many others becoming the collaboration and productivity tools of choice for teams working remotely.

While cloud quickly became an essential tool, allowing businesses and employees to continue operating from home, embracing the cloud can also bring additional cybersecurity risks, something that is now increasingly clear.

Previously, most people connecting to the corporate network would be doing so from their place of work, and thus accessing their accounts, files and company servers from inside the four walls of the office building, protected by enterprise-grade firewalls and other security tools. The expanded use of cloud applications meant that suddenly this wasn't the case, with users able to access corporate applications, documents and services from anywhere. That has brought the need for new security tools.

Cloud computing security threats

While positive for remote workers – because it allows them to continue with some semblance of normality – working remotely also presents an opportunity for cyber criminals, who have quickly taken advantage of the switch to remote working to attempt to break into the networks of organisations that have poorly configured cloud security.

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