Cloud storage can refer to both large public cloud storage options run by companies like Google, Amazon, and Microsoft, as well as smaller private clouds run by individual businesses. Large public clouds like those run by Google have been popular because of their convenience and almost ubiquitous presence. However, IDC’s 2018 Cloud and AI Adoption Survey found that 80 percent of respondents reported that their businesses were moving data onto a private cloud or even ceased using cloud storage altogether. The primary reason for the migration, according to the study, is that many businesses no longer believe the large public clouds to be as secure as they need. This article explains the best practices to keep business data secure over the cloud.
While the cloud may suffer from security vulnerabilities, encrypting the data stored on it can add yet another layer of protection. Encryption converts data into an unintelligible code that can only be decoded by users with the correct encryption key. This ensures that the data is accessible only to those the business authorizes. Today, encryption remains the most effective method of protecting crucial data.
By encrypting files before storing them on the cloud, businesses ensure that their files remain protected, even in the event the cloud is compromised. A common and efficient method of encrypting data is to use free encryption services, which allows users to encrypt files and assign passwords for access.
Back Up Data
In the event of a server outage, backed-up data is critical for recovery and continued business operations. Off-site backups are particularly important in the event of a physical threat to the cloud servers, such as a fire or other natural disasters. By copying critical data to more than one server, businesses can ensure that even if one fails, they can minimize disruption and protect critical data. Continuity in business operations is essential for maintaining any business’ good reputation and competitive edge.
If every cloud user has access to all the data a company has stored on the cloud, then a single breach could put all of that company’s data at risk. By creating different access accounts, each with different and limited access permissions, businesses can compartmentalize their data, preventing unauthorized users from accessing restricted information. Additionally, if one account is compromised, then only a portion of the cloud’s data is at risk of being stolen while the rest remains secure.
Where to Begin?
While cloud computing can allow businesses to tremendously increase their efficiency and productivity, ensuring sensitive business data is secure remains a top priority. In fact, 66 percent of IT professionals reported security as their primary concern about adopting a cloud storage strategy. To help address this concern, the Dymin cloud data backup and recovery solution automatically backs up businesses’ data, encrypting it before sending it to two separate, off-site data centers to ensure critical information is protected. Take advantage of all the benefits of cloud computing without taking on all the risks. The IT professionals at Dymin Systems can help secure your businesses network and cloud computing infrastructure.