cloud computing

Shared software and shared resources are integral elements of cloud computing  which is often being used by companies looking for flexibility and scalability. But there are risks involved that you have to keep in mind while using public, private or hybrid cloud computing options. While many people are aware that data encryption and firewall security is crucial, you still have to have a few other strategies in place in case there is an external attack or hostile activity on the system. The following are a few tips to help you make effective use of cloud computing and to ensure that all of your data is transferred online securely.

Evaluate 

Each business is unique, with varying capacities and requirements. Evaluate your IT processes and systems before migrating to cloud. For example, will you require cloud access for all staff? Will you require cloud access for multiple devices, such as tablets, computers, and smartphones? What areas will truly benefit from incorporating the cloud?

Backup 

It may seem strange to be told to backup data on a physical drive when it comes to securing cloud data, but that is what you need to do. You should simply backup your data on an external drive and keep it in a safe place. This is more about securing your business than your actual data but provides the same type of peace of mind.

Delete 

Why bother deleting anything when there are limitless data storage options available? The reason is that you never know how much data can later become potentially dangerous for you. Do not leave data handy for hackers. If an email or message from an account has outlived its worth, simply delete it.

Traditional Measures

Anti-virus and anti-spyware software should be installed on all devices that have access to the cloud. Similarly, an effective firewall remains one of the best deterrents to unauthorized access to your data cache. When relying on a cloud based computing network, remote access will be available to a large number of devices so it is important to maintain a firewall that limits access to only those areas necessary for your employees to perform their assigned tasks. This is still the best protection against malicious attacks and data theft.

Achieving sufficient security assurances in the cloud is possible but it is not guaranteed. Just like any other IT project, you have to do your homework and in the case of security, it is better to be safe than sorry. Keeping the above tips in mind will ensure your cloud computing experience is a safe one. For more information, or if you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact us today.