Hackers are getting increasingly sophisticated. As such, organisations of all shapes and sizes must ensure robust security processes are in place to protect their valuable data. Not least because, in almost all cases, where a violation has occurred, it could easily have been prevented by installing more robust access management and user controls. Cybercriminals, just like burglars, look for weak points to exploit.

The strongest IoT network is only as strong as its weakest link. So, companies mustn’t leave the door open.

Of course, this is becoming increasingly difficult. In our interconnected world, the more smart devices we use, or the more apps we integrate into our systems, the more access points we create. And, without proper controls, these access points provide an excellent opportunity for hackers. So, what can you do to keep your business safe?

Understand the risk

Businesses are collecting vast amounts of information. And this shows no sign of slowing down. For example, According to Raconteur, this year 294 billion emails were sent every day, and this is predicted to reach 320 billion by 2021. And that’s only one example of the data held by an organisation.

In fact, the global datasphere is predicted to grow from 33 zettabytes in 2018 to 175 by 2025. That’s a tremendous amount of information set to be stored and shared between devices, storage systems, and data centres[1]. And it’s an enormous amount of information that cybercriminals will want to exploit for financial gain, identity theft, or to sell on the dark web to other players with dangerous intentions.

Be proactive

In the face of this threat, implementing robust security measures has never been more critical. Assess what you have and what others might want. And, to help to mitigate the risk, look at all the systems you use and what the controls and permissions are. You should also evaluate your current storage, physical threats, firewalls etc.

Your team must also understand the threats, why IT security is necessary, the consequences of failure, and their specific responsibilities. To do this, regular training sessions for all employees to maximise security awareness is a must.

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

Physical and cybersecurity are important

At Cloud Geeni, we implement physical and online security measures to help keep our client data safe. For example, our ISO accredited data centres are fitted with fire detection and suppression systems, temperature-controlled to ensure optimum performance and protected by Iris recognition entry systems. They also have backup power supplies for independent running.

In addition to making sure that everything is stored in high-security data centres, we also use robust encryption and all the latest security updates to protect your system continually.

Where necessary, we’ll also meet any additional security standards specific to your sector. Also, if your employees are accessing data remotely, we can establish security measures such as two-factor authentication and the ability to strip mobile devices of all data quickly and easily if they are lost or stolen.

Together this means that we offer robust connectivity while making sure that your sensitive business data is protected at all times. Does your current server have the same security measures as this?

But we never rest on our laurels and, as physical and cybersecurity become increasingly entwined, we are looking at how smart analytics and sensors can be used to provide better endpoint security

Data security and the cloud

Cloud-based solutions are often more secure than existing on-premise ones. In fact, in most cases, substantial investment would be required to make a traditional IT setup meet the security and reliability of the cloud. Not least because, while cloud companies spend a considerable amount of their budget focusing on safety, 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.

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

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[1] Data Age, 2025. The Digitization of the World. An IDC White Paper. 2018