Data security is a common concern when migrating to the cloud. When data is on-premises, the business secures sensitive data, which feels safer. But that isn’t always the case. Data can be safer in the cloud than on-site at your company.
When you put together your business infrastructure, you have many business priorities. Securely storing data is only one of your objectives and could be something you added on later.
A cloud services provider builds from the ground up to secure data online. Thus, cloud companies typically offer far more robust cybersecurity measures. After all, the success of cloud service companies depends on securing cloud data.
A hacker can use malware or phishing emails to target the data on your business devices. Ransomware makes it impossible to reach your data unless you pay a ransom (or have a good data backup). Bad actors might access what’s stored on an individual user’s device. However, cloud data storage can offer another layer of protection for your business data.
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Cloud servers are safer because they’re in data warehouses most workers can’t physically access. Plus, the service providers will usually set up redundancies. So, for example, if a natural disaster hits one server site, they will offer continued access from another site.
Some cloud service vendors will also invest in third-party testing. To keep data safe, they hire external companies to test for vulnerabilities.
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Cloud data is encrypted in storage and usually in transit to and from the servers. This makes the cloud data more difficult for a bad actor to decipher.
Cloud service providers also regularly monitor and maintain security. They spend more resources ensuring systems are up to date. They’re also more likely to use data analytics to identify trends or threats to their security. You might do the same, but you are unlikely to do so on the same scale.
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Another advantage of keeping your data in the cloud? When you move to the cloud, you no longer have to store all that data on your hardware. You still have access to your documents, media, or reports, but the third-party provider will likely have more storage space and processing speed. So, your on-site technology may function better, too.
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You’re also cutting out common cybersecurity risks. You don’t have to risk storing data on laptops, which can get lost or stolen. You also end the need for thumb drives (or USB drives), which can also be stolen or lost. Plugging in these external devices can expose you to viruses or other risks.
How to secure data in the cloud
First off, encrypt your data. Make sure you contract with a provider who will encrypt data in transit. This makes it more difficult for hackers to get at your information.
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When you move your data to the cloud, you must pay attention to compliance regulations. Depending on your industry, there may be particular standards for data storage. Encryption is a common compliance expectation.
Training your employees on the importance of securing data is also a good idea. Engaging in ongoing security awareness training can help protect your endpoints. This is particularly important with people working remotely and connecting from off-site locations.
Help with securing your cloud data
Leveraging cloud storage is only one part of the defense. There are many elements that need to be considered in order to have a comprehensive defense against cybercriminals. Hopedale Technologies wants to help keep your business safe. Give us a call to discuss the best practices for your data. We offer Sharesync cloud file storage, business-grade managed backup, managed antivirus, and our HT Protect Core package for business.