6 tips for more effective cloud security from a Microsoft expert

23. 6. 2023

Cloud security is essential for every organization. With the number of threats and vulnerabilities increasing, it is important to have an effective cloud defense. Here are some tips to help make your cloud environment more secure:

  1. Strong password and multi-factor authentication or passwordless login for all users in the cloud: Strong passwords are the foundation of security. Ensure that all users have strong passwords that contain a combination of uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers, and special characters. Use multi-factor authentication (MFA) or passwordless login. MFA requires an additional authentication factor (eg SMS code, biometric data) to complete the login, while passwordless login provides strong authentication without the need to enter a password.
  2. Disallow cloud logins from anywhere – conditional access: Restrict access to your cloud environment and only allow logins from trusted networks or specific IP addresses. In this way, you minimize the risk of unauthorized access from untrusted devices or networks.
  3. Monitor risk events: Continuously track and monitor risk events in your cloud environment. Use log and event monitoring tools to alert you to suspicious activity, unauthorized access attempts, or anomalies in user behavior. Thanks to the monitoring of risk events, you will be able to react more quickly to potential threats and minimize their impact.
  4. Establish data sharing and data access policies: Define clear policies for data sharing and data access in your cloud environment. Establish rules for user and resource access rights and ensure they are followed. Ensure that only authorized persons have access to sensitive data and that data is properly protected from unauthorized access.
  5. Correctly set networking accesses and permissions for resources in the cloud: Carefully set networking accesses and permissions for resources in your cloud environment. Limit access rights to only necessary resources and ensure that all permissions are configured correctly. Regularly review access rights and remove outdated or unnecessary permissions.
  6. Configure antiphishing and antispoofing policies: To minimize the risk of phishing attacks and impersonation, configure antiphishing and antispoofing policies in your cloud environment. Use tools that analyze incoming emails and web pages to identify suspicious or dangerous elements. Thoroughly train users to recognize phishing attempts and promote regular cybersecurity training.

These six tips will help you increase the effectiveness and security of your cloud defense. Don’t underestimate the importance of cloud security and regularly update your security practices and technologies to keep your data safe. If you would like to apply these tips to your cloud environment, you can use one of our security courses in the Microsoft cloud, where you will take a closer look at this topic with lecturer Lubomír Ošmera.

Course name About the course
SC-900 Microsoft Security, Compliance, and Identity Fundamentals This course provides a fundamental understanding of security, compliance, and identity concepts and related Microsoft cloud solutions.
SC-200 Microsoft Security Operations Analyst Learn how to investigate, respond to, and track threats using Microsoft Sentinel, Microsoft Defender for Cloud, and Microsoft 365 Defender.
SC-300 Microsoft Identity and Access Administrator This course covers identity content for Azure AD, enterprise application enrollment, conditional access, identity management, and other identity tools.
SC-400 Microsoft Information Protection Administrator This course focuses on data management and information protection in your organization.

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