The cloud is providing unrivalled access to information, wither everything you need accessible on any internet-enabled device. But, with such enhanced levels of accessibility and mobility, comes increased risk. It has never been more important to keep your data secure. And to do that, you need data encryption.
What is cloud data encryption?
With encryption, your data is coded (or scrambled). And an encryption key is needed before this data can be decrypted. Without this key, your data remains illegible and unusable. Various cloud services use different levels of data encryption, depending on the sensitivity of the information used. Ultimately, cloud data encryption is an effective data security method – protecting your business from both cybercrime and human error.
Why is cloud data encryption necessary?
The ability to harness big data is leading to improved performance at all levels. So, it’s no wonder that most organisations are either leveraging the cloud to extract quantifiable value from big data, or thinking about doing so. It won’t be long before the majority of organisations move all (or most) of their data to cloud servers. In fact, the global cloud computing market is expected to reach $623.3 billion by 2023, and it is predicted that cloud data centres will process 94% of workloads in 2021.
But cybercriminals are innovating rapidly, and they are continually looking for new ways to get their hands on your data – either to exploit or sell on the dark web. So, regardless of what your business does, if it deals with personal data, in the era of GDPR you must take all reasonable steps to keep it safe.
“‘personal data’ means any information relating to an identified or identifiable natural person (‘data subject’); an identifiable natural person is one who can be identified, directly or indirectly, in particular by reference to an identifier such as a name, an identification number, location data, an online identifier or to one or more factors specific to the physical, physiological, genetic, mental, economic, cultural or social identity of that natural person”.
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
Make sure your cloud service automatically encrypts your data
As discussed, the level of encryption your business needs will depend on the type and sensitivity of the information you use. It will also depend on the sector you operate in, with some professions requiring much more stringent data protection than others.
At Cloud Geeni, everything is stored in high-security data centres, with robust encryption and all the latest security updates continually protecting your system. Secure authentication and access control further improve our security capabilities — for example, best-in-breed Two Factor Authentication (2FA) and the highest security firewalls. Where necessary, we’ll also meet any additional security standards specific to your sector.
Back up your data
At Cloud Geeni, to keep your data safe, our cloud storage boasts best-in-class backup and recovery processes. Your files sit on a dedicated machine in a UK data centre, but they are also duplicated and backed up. So, if a failure occurs, it’s never a problem
With the number of connected devices expected to rise to 20 billion by next year, organisations are right to be worried about increased vulnerability. So, ensuring adequate cybersecurity must now be a critical priority. And, defending cloud infrastructure from compromise is a vital part of this.
With cloud security more crucial than ever, any cloud provider you appoint must understand the risks and have the expertise necessary to keep you safe. In fact, they should be willing to specify the security measures they will guarantee as part of your SLA. Because, in almost all cases, where a hack has happened it has been down to a poorly designed and maintained security system – not the weakness of the cloud.
To find out more about how cloud technology can help support your organisation, and keep it safe, contact us for a no-obligation chat.
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