Everyone talks about the cloud. Many are aware that the cloud has something to do with the internet and that it is a place where information is stored. When there is a need for the information, all they have to do is retrieve it from the cloud. It sounds like a great idea, but how perfect is it? If one person can retrieve the information stored in the cloud, can others gain access to it.
For businesses that use the cloud to store private information about their business and customers, the security of the cloud is important. They want to know that their information is safe and that they have control over who can access it. It is the responsibility of the business to make sure that the information they store in the cloud is safe and secure. They are the ones that need to know how to do it.
When people are talking about the cloud, they are really talking about the internet. There was a time when people stored information either on a computer hard drive or on some other tangible device. Floppy discs, CDs, thumb drives were all used to store information. The only people who had access to that stored information were the people who could put their hands on it.
The cloud changed that. Data is stored on the servers that connect through the internet. If a person could access that server on the internet, they could access the information stored on it. Businesses could keep the information they needed to operate in a place that was easy to get to while also learning about threat prevention.
The more information that businesses stored on the cloud, the more people tried to get to it. Hackers valued the information they could steal from businesses. While some businesses may think it is the server’s responsibility to secure the data, the reality is that network security is the responsibility of the business.
The most basic ways to protect the information is with passwords. Many businesses do not take the time to make sure that all the passwords in use are secure. A good password includes random characters, upper and lowercase letters, numbers and special characters. Changing passwords frequently is a key to stopping emerging threats.
The idea of always having a backup plan is something people have done for a long time. A business needs to make sure that any information they back up the information they store on the internet regularly. This will allow them to restore their information if it is lost due to a hacker or some other problem.
The cloud is a great way to store a lot of information. Because of the threats the cloud faces, a business should not entrust it with all the information it has on computers. A business should store the most sensitive information they keep on other systems including the older more reliable and harder to access systems used in the past.
The use of encrypted messages to keep the wrong people from getting their hands on it is not a new idea. A good business will take advantage of the ability to encrypt the data they store in the cloud so only they can understand what it says.
The best way to prevent a breach of security is by stopping it before it happened. There is software that can detect threats before they can cause any damage. Putting this type of threat intelligence software in place is a great way to protect the data.
These are steps the business can take to keep the information that they put on to the cloud safe before storing it in the cloud. They also need to take steps to keep the information safe once it is in the cloud.
Once the data is in the cloud, securing it changes some. If the business takes the steps to secure the data before they put it on the cloud and when they use it from the cloud, they have taken a good first step. The next step is making sure no one gets to it on the cloud.
Choose the Right Cloud Platform – The security of the information is only as strong as the platform it is on. A good platform will add another layer of encryption to the data that it stores.
Know the Platform Rules – All the cloud platforms include a section called terms of service. This explains what the platform will and will not do and the expectations of the business that use the platform. The business has to read the terms of service and make sure they understand what they mean.
This is something that both the business and the cloud platform need to do. The fewer people who have access to the data, the safer the data is. Limiting what computer can access the information and the people who can access it will prevent many problems.
A business should make sure that anyone who has access to the information stored in the cloud uses private and secure networks. They should avoid using public networks. If they do use a public network, they should make sure that they clear out as much of their web footprint as possible. This includes passwords and the history of the usage on the internet.
Many cloud platforms offer addiction cyber threat intelligence tools for a business to take advantage of. Asking about these tools is a good way to find out about them.
Cyber threats are real. Any business that does not believe this and still uses the cloud is a victim waiting to happen. The cyber criminals are not any different than any other criminal. They look for the place that is easiest to get into. The more protection a business has when securing their data and customer’s private information, the less of a target they are. The criminals will simply move on to the next business that is not as well protected.
There are plenty of ways for a business to protect their data when they are on the cloud. It is the responsibility of the business to learn these methods and decide which ones will help them. Taking cloud security seriously is a good way to build a strong reputation with customers. A good reputation is a key to a successful business. Combining these things makes business sense.