Many people are under the impression that cloud computing leaves a business more vulnerable to outside threats. With mobile employees and your data stored and processed at an offsite location, this must make your business considerably more susceptible to attacks, right?
Maybe. Maybe not.
It all just depends on your internal processes and procedures and the technology provider you choose to partner with — which is true whether you’re operating in the cloud or not.
Either way, here are three simple ways to promote cloud security within your business.
Passwords and Locks
The cloud provides a company with huge benefits — one of which is mobility. Employees can access business applications and data no matter where they are as long as they have an internet-connected device.
However, while mobility is an invaluable benefit for any business, it doesn’t come free of risk.
To reduce this risk, it’s important to create policies that force your employees to use strong passwords and to place locks on their mobile devices. This way, if an employee’s device is lost or stolen, the information accessible from that device won’t be readily available.
Public Wi-Fi and Unknown Devices
If you’re going to allow your employees to utilize the cloud as a means to work on-the-go, then you need to limit the “how” and “what.” In other words, the internet connection and devices they use.
For starters, employees should never access sensitive work data from public Wi-Fi hotspots. This is because public Wi-Fi hotspots are open, unsecured connections that can be intercepted by lingering cyber criminals. If an employee connects to a hotspot like this, a criminal may have the ability to see everything that person does, types, visits, or opens.
On top of this, you need to make sure your employees are selective with the devices they use to access information in the cloud. For example, if they decide to use a family member’s laptop, there’s no way to know for sure how secure that laptop is. It may already have some form of malware on it — which is obviously not good if that employee is accessing sensitive data or joining the device to the company’s network.
Partners and Policies
Even if your employees use strong passwords, keep locks on every device, and refrain from using unknown devices, this still doesn’t guarantee cloud security. At this point, you really need to do your homework and understand who your cloud provider is and how your cloud solution works.
Now, this doesn’t mean you need to understand the ins and outs of cloud computing. It simply means you need to know the basics — where your data is stored, how it gets there, and what measures your cloud provider uses to guarantee your data’s privacy and security. You can’t exactly keep your data secure if you don’t even know where it is to begin with.
As another helpful measure, it’s important to maintain a strong relationship and open communication with your cloud provider. Do this and securing your data will become a much more doable feat.
If you have questions about cloud security or if you’re thinking about transitioning to a new cloud solution, then give us a call or send us a message today. You can also learn a little about our technology services by reading one of our recent blog posts, The Time to Switch IT Providers is Now.