How to keep your data secure in the cloud

We are in the middle of a cloud revolution. More and more organisations across the globe are moving their critical IT infrastructure and data to the cloud. Not least because of benefits in productivity, agility, flexibility, operational efficiency, and profitability.

But one sticking point when it comes to cloud adoption has been concerns about data security.

If you read the news, you’ll have no doubt been informed that the cloud makes us all susceptible to cybercrime and data hacks. Big businesses are facing huge fines due to security breaches and failures, and even our free and fair elections don’t seem to be safe from cybercriminals.

According to a recent study[1], the cloud will drive 83% of enterprise workloads by 2020. And in a bid meet evolving customer expectations and drive change, half of all global enterprises will be using at least one cloud platform. So, maintaining the sanctity and integrity of cloud data is an issue that we are all going to have to talk about. Any organisation planning to leverage cloud-based IT must evaluate and asses the risks associated with using new technologies like cloud computing.

Of course, the need to ensure data integrity is absolute. But there are common misconceptions about the security of the cloud. In reality, criminals don’t target data because it is cloud-based. It’s the data they want, regardless of where it is stored.

Despite the headlines, 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. In fact, you might be surprised to learn that more security breaches occur with on-premise solutions than cloud ones and 56% of IT managers cite improved security as a primary motivation for moving to the cloud!

To make sure your data is secure in the cloud, talk to your cloud service provider to find out what security measures they have in place. If they aren’t stringent enough for your needs (or can’t put extra measure in place to accommodate you and any industry-specific requirements), don’t work with them!

At Cloud Geeni we make security a top priority. Our Cloud Server services consistently achieve the highest level of data security and reliability, with best-in-class backup and recovery processes that eliminate downtime.

You should also look at what you can do to improve security across your organisation. This can include things like using security tools, to undertaking staff awareness and training sessions. Your physical security should also be taken into account (e.g. are your mobile devices locked away at night, do you have robust access controls etc.)

If you can implement some essential security measures and processes as part of your cloud security strategy, you can be confident that your data is as secure as possible in the cloud and meet the needs of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). In fact, significant investment would be needed to make an onsite solution match the security and reliability of the cloud.

Talk to us to find out more about our stringent security processes.

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[1] Logic Monitor: Cloud Vision 2020: The Future of the Cloud Study