Believe it or not, not everyone uses the cloud these days (approximately 95% of Internet users currently use the cloud). Incredible, right? But some people are worried that, if everything goes into the cloud, where does the cloud go? Who is able to access the cloud? That’s why we’re going to clue you in on some cloud security threat prevention tips.
By considering some of the suggestions below, you can better protect yourself, your privacy, the privacy of your employees, your company’s privacy, etc.
Education Is the Key
Make sure that your employees are educated regarding security threats. Here are a few examples:
- Security tests – These are unannounced tests to make sure that appropriate actions are being taken by your employees when you send out (for example) simulated phishing emails and such.
- Devise a plan – If an employee feels that they have been compromised, a standard response protocol needs to be in place.
- The entire company should be involved – Security measures are more likely to be taken by each employee if they feel that they are 100% involved in protecting the assets of the company. They will actually take ownership if the entire workforce is included in best practices and security training.
Make Sure That A Data Backup Plan Is in Place
The possibility of data loss grows higher and higher the more the cloud matures. Provide yourself with a little peace of mind by securing your business with the backing up of data on a regularly scheduled basis.
Be Careful Who Has Access to Sensitive Data
Who can access your stored data is even more important than where that data is stored. Keep track of who is doing what on the Internet, which individuals have access to specific information, and what they are attempting to access. To manage risk, establish strict access controls.
Encryption Is Essential
A critical part of protection is cloud encryption. Using encryption algorithms, text and data are transformed and then placed on a storage cloud. You can encrypt data at the network’s edge, before it leaves your business, to ensure the protection of your data. This also ensures protection of the movement of data within the cloud.
Note: Encryption keys should not be stored in the same software in which your data is stored. Encryption keys should be kept, via physical ownership, by IT teams.
Not enough people take passwords seriously. Passwords are needed for zipped and encrypted files. But if they are not chosen wisely, they can be cracked within seconds. Not only should the passwords you choose be exceptionally strong, they should be changed regularly.
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