Cloud computing is one of the new age technologies that have emerged in recent times. This technology has led to a major shift in information technology as there has been a rapid acceptance of cloud computing. Despite this, widespread security concerns have arisen regarding how safe data is in the cloud.
Laws have been formulated to provide guidelines on how third party companies that offer cloud services should protect customer data. This necessitates the need to adopt measures that would ensure that one’s data is safe and secure online.
Tip 1: Back Up Your Data Always
It is crucial to always securely back up your data in order to cushion it from any unfortunate eventuality that may happen to data stored in the cloud. Data could be saved in storage media such as hard disks, compact disks and flash drives. This can go a long way in helping to secure a business’ customer data in case it is lost in the cloud. It is one of the most overlooked measure, yet easiest safety tip, since it one way to increase control over the safety of data.
Tip 2: Know About Your Cloud Service Provider
It is important that one knows the servers and the data center their data is being stored at, so that one can consult with them and get to know whether:
- all their data safety measures in place.
- they are SAS 70, SSAE 16 and SOC 2 audited
- they have PCI or HIPAA certified clients
- they offer services such as antivirus, managed firewalls and intrusion detection mechanisms.
This helps to know whether the company offering cloud service takes data security seriously, is adequately capable and committed to secure cloud data for their customers.
Tip 3: References from other Clients
It is advisable to ask for references from your prospective cloud service provider for other companies that usually require strict data protection measures. Such clients include financial, health and insurance companies. While these references do not guarantee ultimate data safety, they serve to give a glimpse of how reputable such a cloud service provider is. One can contact these references directly to know what these companies are using the cloud service for, and the safety measures they have implemented to secure their data.
Tip 4: Carry Out Tests
One of the best ways to ensure that your data is secure from intrusions is by testing your security provisions. Some organizations do this by hiring an ethical hacker. This helps to detect loopholes in the security system and carry out vulnerability assessments in the cloud, after which measures to seal the loopholes are implemented.
Tip 5: Antivirus Software
Antivirus software such an Norton antivirus ensures that one can access the cloud from their system first, and also prevent external intrusions. For troubleshooting purposes one can dial the Norton helpline, or the helpline for the antivirus they are using, where they can get more helpful advice.
It is important to always follow the recommended safety measures. While total safety is not guaranteed, sufficient security can be achieved.
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