Companies all across the UK are investing in cloud computing for data storage. They benefit from ease of access, real-time collaboration, and reduced hardware costs.
However, all data that can be accessed by a computer is at risk. If you are storing data on the cloud, you will need to take relevant measures to ensure it is secured.
Cloud security has emerged as a branch of cybersecurity in response to this risk, aiming to help businesses keep their cloud data safe. And with the evolution of new tools and techniques being employed by cybercriminals, there is a growing importance for businesses to secure data in the cloud.
Choose a Cloud that Encrypts Data
The first step to securing your cloud-based data is to choose your cloud wisely. The main thing you should be looking for is that the service encrypts your data, decoding it only when an authorised user requests access. Even if hackers can access your data, it will remain unintelligible and, therefore, safe.
Make Life Hard for Hackers
The simplest way to keep data secure on the cloud is to make it near impossible for hackers to access your systems. There are two main means to do this: improve your passwords and enact multi-factor authentication (MFA).
Strengthening your password is an effective barrier against brute force hacking attempts. Still, even the strongest password is useless if it has been revealed in a data breach. Whenever you set a password for your cloud, check if it has been leaked and check back regularly to see if you need to change it.
Whatever you do, a strong password will not completely keep hackers out. However, using MFA can in almost every situation. MFA means that you will need a username, password, and an additional form of authentication when you log into the cloud. This could include facial recognition, a code sent to your mobile phone, or a fingerprint. MFA is highly secure as it requires the hacker to also have access to these very specific things to access your account.
Use a Hybrid Cloud System
When you put data onto the cloud, you automatically pass it into someone else’s hands for their safekeeping. This will rightly make you nervous when it comes to your company’s most sensitive data, especially the personal data of your staff and customers. It’s like leaving a house key with a neighbour; for many, it is not a risk worth taking.
However, having valuable data does not exclude you from the cloud. Hybrid clouds leverage on-premises data centres as a more secure alternative to public clouds. When you set up a hybrid cloud, you can position your less valuable data on cost-effective but less safe public clouds, while securing your most valuable data with this private alternative.
A Secure Future on the Cloud for your Business
The cloud is undeniably the future of data storage for business. It allows for the rapid upscaling capacity that growing businesses like yours require. Following the advice given in this article will protect you from malicious attacks.