Securing Cloud Services Against Other Partners
Are you a risky partner? According to a recent Skyhigh Networks survey, nearly 8 percent of cloud partners are given access to company data that is considered high-risk. For MSPs, it’s vital that your clients see your cloud-based file sharing services as a safe move for their company.
In order to effectively work with clients, you must work to show yourself as a low-risk partner, one that works hard to secure their cloud sharing for their other partners. The average company works with 1,500 business partners via the cloud. By first proving yourself as a trusted partner, you can then start working to protect your clients against the other 1,499.
Who They’re Sharing With
With that many partners all connected to your client’s cloud, where is the data being shared? According to Skyhigh, a third of all data is uploaded to media and entertainment partners, a fifth to manufacturing partners and a sixth to high tech partners. As any company that has faced a data breach in the past will tell you, it only takes one negligent or malicious partner to do serious damage to your client.
"If you are interacting with partners that are high risk— and partners that are connected to your enterprise through the cloud—then you need to worry about the security of that information," said Kamal Shah, vice president of Products for Skyhigh Networks
How They’re Sharing
The typical company uses 123 collaboration services, 51 development services, 49 cloud-based file sharing services and 42 content sharing services. If that sounds like a lot to you, you’re not alone. Information technology managers at those companies would be just as surprised at these numbers. On average, they underestimate their company’s cloud services use by a factor of 10.
As their MSP, it’s your job to help your client take stock of these various services, get them organized and ensure their security. Do it sooner rather than later too. The average number of cloud services rose 22 percent in the first quarter of 2015 compared to the same period last year.
Where to Start
So where should you start to secure your client’s cloud services from partners? According to Skyhigh’s Kamal Shah, you should start with the employees:
"You can no longer turn a blind eye toward the cloud. It is being used aggressively within the enterprise, and for the right reasons … it helps employees to get their jobs done faster and collaborate. But, at the same time, employees are not being educated in the risks inherent in the use of the cloud."
Your clients are going to keep using the cloud – which is good news for you – but the risks of the cloud need to be addressed in order to ensure security. Help to train and educate your client’s employees to help them do their part to keep the business and its information safe.
Cloud services and business partners provide important opportunities for client growth and improved business practices. In order to make these enhancements securely, they’ll need your help. Proactively evaluate their cloud usage and what they share with partners to keep them safe. In the end, you’ll prove your worth as a partner they can trust with their most valuable assets.