- May 17, 2016
- Catagory Managed Cloud Services
Is your “Secured” Cloud Services really protecting your data?
Security of data is of extreme importance and when it comes to choosing a medium for backing up data, security becomes a prime factor. Cloud computing is one of the hottest medium for data back-up these days, especially among small and medium sized businesses (SMBs). If you are a SMB, you are probably doing hoping that cloud will keep your data safe and secure. However, there are also many business owners who are often skeptical about whether they can trust cloud or not.
Of course they can. Yes, there have been cases of data leaks with cloud as well but then there is no medium which is 100 percent secure, right? The key is to be safe, sound, and alert. And in cloud computing, you are responsible for protection of your own data.
Different Level of Securities in Cloud
There are different types of security in Cloud and the level of security you need depends on what you are using cloud for:
Basic Protection – If you just want to store files on websites such as Dropbox or Google Docs, you need the basic level of security. You want minimal security for your data so that it is not widely available. Good news is now these websites are secured and contain the minimum necessary encryption to keep hackers at bay and your data secure.
Serious Protection – If you are using cloud for more than data storage, you need a more serious level of protection. For example, if you are using cloud for powering applications or database that means there are more entry points for hackers and hence need of more protection. In order to secure such data in cloud, you can work with a qualified company that provides secured managed cloud services. You must ensure that your managed service provider meets industry security rules.
Highest Level of Protection – If you are looking to secure some really sensitive information or serious records, you need to have highest level of protection. For example, companies that accept online payments through credit/debit card or companies handling online banking account, or companies in healthcare industries must comply with PCI and HIPAA regulations (whichever applicable). Data in these websites is highly sensitive and companies must understand potential risks. They must adhere to security regulations.
What are the Security Risks in Cloud?
- If a cloud service is not properly designed, there is risk of hackers breaching into your confidential data. In addition to hackers, other factors like natural disasters or unforeseen damages may also lead to data loss.
- If credentials are stolen or are shared with multiple people, there is a risk of account or service traffic hijacking
- Many cloud providers share platform to save on cost. This means when one component is harmed, there is a risk on other components as well
- Third parties building on to existing APIs can also cause security threat to data stored in the cloud.
So, Which Security Measures Should you take?
Using stronger two-factor authentication techniques and encryption wherever possible automatically reduces the chances of data breaches significantly. If you are not aware of the technical intricacies involved in cloud, it is always recommended to hire a good cloud service provider that allows you maximum control over encryption techniques. Other precautions like sharing keys with trusted people only, regular monitoring, avoiding layers, and using a defensive in-depth strategy is the key towards a safe and secured cloud services.
There is no option more convenient for data back than cloud. It can hold large amount of data at an affordable cost. Cloud offers regular backup of data and easy to use as well. In such a scenario, it is quite difficult for most businesses (especially SMBs) to stay out of cloud. Also, you cannot ignore the fact that data stored in your computer or any other platform is not completely secure from hackers either. Keeping all these points in mind, it is always a good idea to use cloud for data storage but with required precautions.