The increasing popularity of cloud computing has meant that more and more businesses are migrating their data and software onto the cloud. According to Symantec nearly half of all business data is now stored in the cloud. For businesses of any size, ensuring high levels of security on the Cloud a are maintained is a commercial imperative that cannot be ignored.
A key selling point of cloud computing is that businesses can access data from anywhere. It offers reduced costs, and easier scalability, amongst other benefits. However, the cloud also brings with it issues related to data privacy, security and residency.
Many of the security concerns about the cloud can be resolved by implementing a proper security policy and in doing so can have peace of mind that their data can’t be compromised.
Below are a few tips on how to be secure on ‘The Cloud’:
- Always investigate the cloud services vendor before committing to any Cloud service provider and take time to assess their credentials, paying close attention to the security protocols they use.
- Use Cloud services that encrypt your data as that way it will provide you with an additional layer of security since decryption will be required before you can be granted access to the data.
- Create strong password protection as this way it should be able to protect you against any malicious hackers out there. You can find lots of good information on the internet that can advise about what makes for a good password and how to make sure you keep it strong. You should always change your passwords regularly and never repeat it across other online accounts you have. Alternatively, you may go for the much more secure two-step verification for your login if your cloud service offers the option.
- Secure remote access is essential as lots of business now happens on the move thanks to the smartphone and tablet PC, so it’s vital that mobile access to cloud-based data is secure. By using a VPN or Virtual Private Network it will ensure your data that flows to and from the cloud is on a secure channel.
If you are considering a move on to “The Cloud” and want to know more about how to protect your business then please contact us for some free expert advice on 0345 389 2310. Alternatively if you are already working from The Cloud but just want to make sure you are properly protected, then get in touch and we will be happy to advise you on what is best for your business.