Think for a moment what would happen to your business if the data in your cloud system was hacked. What if it was lost or stolen? The impact on the productivity and success of your business would be profound. Yes, cloud computing is convenient, but is it secure enough? It is important for IT managers to know how to keep data secure in the cloud, and there are a few different measures you can take to safeguard your data.
Ensure standard security is in place first
Most simply, make sure your system is initially designed with standard security features like a firewall, antivirus programs and encryption. These basic security measures go a long way to ensuring the safety of your data. Another basic but extremely important step is to make sure your data is backed up. There are several ways to accomplish this. You can use an external hard drive, your server, or even another cloud server. The important thing is to make sure that your important data exists in more than one place. You can never assume your cloud system has an automatic backup.
Use redundant storage where possible
Cloud security is also enhanced by using redundant storage as much as possible. Make sure the level of redundant storage provided by your cloud storage provider is sufficient. Every business has different requirements: for example, you may always need four copies of your data available. It is important to make sure your cloud storage provider meets your particular needs, and you have the proper level of security.
Hire an Ethical Hacker
Once you have these systems in place, the next thing you can do is hire an ‘ethical hacker’. An ‘ethical hacker’ will help you find flaws in your security that you wouldn’t otherwise have known were there. They will then let you know exactly what needs to be done to protect yourself. Really, there is no better way to find out if your security systems are holding up. They can ferret out even the deepest problems.
Proper cloud storage security doesn’t have to be complex. By taking a few simple steps, using all resources available and calling in professionals to test your system, you will go a long way to ensuring the security of your system.
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