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17th November 2016
With stories regarding data breaches permeating the media, and panic-ridden articles strewn across the internet, it only makes sense that technologically-savvy businesses would want to re-assess the way that they use the cloud.
The first important thing to recognise, is that cloud technology isn't inherently insecure - in fact, there are plenty of ways that you can promote safety for your data on the cloud, while still experiencing all of the wide-reaching benefits that these networks have to offer. It's all about strengthening your tactics for cloud storage, and revamping your security measures to ensure that you're getting the most out of the digital world.
No business is totally immune to an attack, but applying some of the strongest tactics to your techniques will help you to fight off potential invasions. For instance:
Most companies know that using simple passwords can be the digital equivalent of leaving your front door unlocked. Every member of your company should use secure passwords that incorporate several different characteristics all intended to deter hackers - including upper and lower-case letters, special symbols, and numbers.
Third-party cloud vendors and staff members should only have access to the data that is required to perform specific jobs. Discuss how encryption keys should be managed with your cloud storage provider to ensure access is always limited to the correct individuals.
Though data syncing and file sharing represent effective ways of backing up documents - that doesn't necessarily mean you should never use external devices. Backing up your files physically and virtually allow you to guarantee your firm will have access to its data in the event of attacks or system crashes.
In everything from PCs to mobile devices and cloud storage solutions, every area where a business stores sensitive data should have the highest possible level of encryption in place. Encryption software and passwords will help to keep information in the correct hands, and ensure that hackers don't have an easy way to get into your business files.
Finally, this is an idea that should really go without saying in a professional environment. However, since we're addressing cloud security today, it's important to draw a little extra attention to it. Regardless of whether you encourage "BYOD" (Bring your own device) or not, you'll need to communicate clearly about which information can be stored in the business network, and which encryption methods are necessary.