Cloud computing marketing can be deceiving. When you see an image of the cloud, it’s often a happy, bubbly, white puffball floating delightfully in front of a blue sky background. Its presence is both calming and reassuring, which makes you believe that anything is possible.
Security would never be an issue, right?
Ask one of the nearly seven million Dropbox users who had their accounts hacked, and they’ll give you a definitive answer. Sure, not every cloud provider has had security breaches, but that doesn’t mean we can take cloud security lightly. Here’s what you can do to protect yourself as a business owner.
- Ask your IT provider what cloud security policies they have in place. This is probably the single most important security measure you can take. Find a trusted IT provider and have a candid conversation with them about their cloud security policies.
- Ask where the physical cloud servers are located. When you have “the conversation,” don’t forget to ask about this. Believe it or not, some cloud servers may not even be located in your own country. Wherever they are, it’s wise to make sure they’re located in a safe data center with proper security afforded to them.
- Create unique usernames and passwords. Your login credentials represent one of the cloud’s main security vulnerabilities. Think of a better password than “12345” or “football.”
- Use industry standard encryption and authentication protocols. IPsec (Internet Protocol Security) is a reliable technology choice.
- Encrypt data before it’s uploaded to the cloud. Encryption is a must, and can be done by you or your cloud service provider. Should hackers manage to access your data, they’ll find it useless because they can’t make heads or tails of it.
When it comes to trusting the security protocol of a cloud service provider, transparency is key. They should take security seriously, be able to explain their security policies clearly, and be willing to answer any questions. If they can’t do one of these, that’s a red flag telling you to find another vendor.
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