These days pretty much every major enterprise resource planning (ERP) provider is pushing for their customers to move from Legacy on-premise systems to Cloud ERP solutions. Eventually on-premise will be phased out and everyone will have to move to the Cloud indefinitely. Many organizations that seemingly rush to migrate to the cloud risk running their solution with no support or security patches available. And while the advantages of having a Cloud ERP is a generous list, these security risks would overshadow them all if not visited right away. Thnakfully, there are simple ways to keep your new Cloud ERP secure that requires simple effort. Kenny Mullican, SMB expert and CIO at Paragon Films, shares an article on the Acceleration Economy Network on how to keep your Cloud ERP secure with some simple best practices.
Authentication. Mullican explains how it is critical that you do two things to keep these events from letting unauthorized users into your Cloud ERP system. You should encourage users to create unique passwords. The more unique characters the better. The second thing is to set up multi-factor authentication for even more added and secure log-ins for your users. You could also implement a mandatory password update every so often.
Software Updates. Although some Cloud ERP systems receive automatic updates with no action needed from the customer, others let you skip or postpone updates. While this can be good for you to allow adequate time for testing, it is imperative that you stay up to date with your software as possible as unpatched software is vulnerable to security and can be easily bypassed by cyber criminals.
Access Rights. Fine-tuning access privileges can be time-consuming, Mullican explains. It is tempting to simply grant full access or administrative privileges to a user to ensure that they can get to everything they need in the system, but this can expose potential criminals to all your sensitive data from any account. It is crucial to set up defined security roles for each of your users to ensure they can see everything they need but nothing else. This way, any security threats would be funneled.