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Is Your Business Sufficiently Securing its Cloud?

Storing data in the cloud is hugely popular for personal use, but it also has a lot of enterprise application too. Many businesses are now using private clouds to store their information. However, while using the cloud has many benefits (like ease of access and reduced cost over traditional storage), it also brings with it security risks.

Perhaps even more so than personal data, it is vital that businesses secure their clouds properly. There are malicious people out there who will try to access your data if it benefits them. If business data falls into the wrong hands then it could have serious repercussions, like poor publicity or reduced sales. Data is the lifeblood of business and it should be treated well.

Around 54% of American firms currently make use of cloud storage in some shape or form. 200 IT managers from the country were surveyed to see how their company handles business security. The top three security priorities were VPN client support, full disk or file level encryption and password protection on boot or post lock.

Protecting data through encryption or passwords is a great way to add a defensive layer, especially when data is floating around in the cloud. Encryption is the strongest method of the two, which means the data can’t be cracked unless the encryption key is used.

When asked if their business used a non-recursive DNS to limit the risk of inclusion in a denial of service attack, a worrying 20% didn’t know the answer and 12% didn’t understand the question. It is vital that your IT team understand everything to do with their infrastructure – it’ll allow them to adapt and query, which is vital to security and progression.

There were a number of concerns that IT managers had with cloud computing in particular. One concern was that of data loss. It’s definitely true that data loss should be a worry, as it should be with any storage medium. There is no fool-proof system to storing your data, but it’s not recommended to just use one method of storage your data. If using the cloud then be sure that you also employ other methods (preferably physical).

Another concern was the lack of control that using cloud brings. This is true if you’re using a third-party service, like the popular systems Dropbox or Google Drive, as your data is technically in another’s hands. However, there are tools and hardware that can be used to create an internal and private cloud which means that the control remains within the business.

A final concern with cloud was the fear of the unknown. This is only natural with any new system that comes into place, but it is the role of the business to ensure that everyone feels comfortable with any changes that might take place. This could involve training, not only on how to use the cloud system, but also on how it works.

Cloud security is only going to grow as a concern as the adoption rate of cloud storage grows. Be sure that your IT team and your employees are aware of the trend and any security risks that might be present.

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