Today, the IT infrastructure of any size of business can be complicated. There are a plethora of devices, apps and data that all need careful management if you want to mitigate risk. But, at the same time, you need an IT setup that works.

So, what can you do to ensure robust security processes in your business? And, how can the cloud help?

Focus on what you can do

Today, most businesses are worried about cybercrime. And it’s true that hackers are getting increasingly sophisticated. But, in almost all cases, where a violation has occurred, it could easily have been prevented by installing more robust access management and user controls. So, rather than looking out, start by making sure you understand the risk and the steps you can take to mitigate it.

To help you to do this, assess what you have and what others might want. Look at all the systems you use and what the controls and permissions are. You should also evaluate your current storage, physical risks, firewalls etc.

Make data security a daily priority

It’s not enough to assess, put a plan and processes in place and walk away. Data security needs ongoing management.

Analytics can be used to help maintain security. In fact, not having access to threat intelligence will only increase the level of risk in your business. So, keeping updated on security risks and what you can do to reduce them is a must. Likewise, to keep your data safe you must also keep your systems up-to-date with the most recent software.

You should also regularly test your technology, processes and policies to make sure you are still following best practice.

Cloud-managed servers and services make it easy to see what’s going on and keep any security incidents at bay.

Educate your team

In modern business, everyone should understand the need for data security. Despite this, employees remain one of the most significant security threats and are often targeted with email spam and phishing emails.

As such, your team must understand the threats, why IT security is necessary, the consequences of failure, and their specific responsibilities.

To do this, carry out regular training sessions for all employees to maximise security awareness.

Invest in the cloud

Today’s cloud-based solutions are often more secure than existing on-premise ones. In fact, in most cases, a substantial investment would be required to make a traditional IT setup meet the security and reliability of the cloud.

For example, at Cloud Geeni we adhere to the highest level of data security and reliability. Complying with an internationally recognised best practice framework, our data centres are situated in the UK and are ISO27001 certified (this ensures you are working with a trustworthy provider committed to safeguarding your data). At Cloud Geeni, we also provide enterprise level Juniper Firewalls, and best-in-breed Two Factor Authentication (2FA).

While cloud companies spend a considerable amount of their budget focusing on security, on-premise legacy systems are often ignored. In many cases, these legacy systems were built before cybercrime became prevalent. So they don’t have what it takes to block modern, sophisticated hackers. All this makes legacy systems increasingly vulnerable. In fact, 64% of IT professionals believe the cloud to be more secure than legacy systems[1].

Find out more about how a cloud server can enhance security.

At Cloud Geeni, our Cloud Server services consistently achieve the highest level of data protection and reliability, maximising security and eliminating downtime.