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How Secure is the Cloud for business?
With the recent photo leaks, we have decided to look at how secure is the cloud for business?
Cloud Storage has been a more essential than useful service in recent years which if you don’t know stores your data on a server rather than on your hard drive, allowing you access from any internet enabled device.
There are two different forms of the Cloud for Business and Consumers- one can be used for storage and another can be worked in for example Hosted Desktop or Office 365. There is a difference between Public, Hybrid and Private Cloud and you need to know which is best for you. Also whether you are working fully in the cloud as an infrastructure or just using the service for data storage.
Types of Cloud
Public Cloud – A cloud is called a “public cloud” when the services are rendered over a network that is open for public use. Public cloud services may be free or offered on a pay-per-usage model. However there are security considerations but a few tips below that can help keep it secure. Business may use this for as a one off but are better of considering Private and Hybrid Cloud options. Examples of Public Cloud providers for storage include iCloud, Dropbox, Google Apps , LiveDrive and Amazon Cloud Drive.
Private Cloud - It allows you a say on how and where your data is stored and can offer a more secure network. This can be built to your company needs and stored securely for you. In addition in Hosted Desktops, your staff can work in the cloud. Private clouds for businesses generally set up and operated by a third party IT Company or by your IT manager or department.
Hybrid Cloud – Composition of two clouds – it means the ability to connect collocation, managed and/or dedicated services with cloud resources. For example, an organization may store sensitive client data in house on a private cloud application, but interconnect that application to a business intelligence application provided on a public cloud as a software service like Office 365.
How to hybrid?
Separate cloud providers join to provide public and private cloud services and integrate them together for you or one company can provide the whole hybrid package. Another popular method is for a company that already has Private Cloud solution then signs up for a public solution and integrates them together.
3 Tips to keep your Data Secure
1. Make your passwords tough to crack
- A tip for this is a password with combine letters, numbers and symbols into an unusual configuration. e.g Ap&1e!! – Once you have a good password keep it safe and use it just for your Cloud DO NOT reuse the password.
2. Back up your data
- Back up your data on various devices – not just on the cloud. Maybe an external hard drive or maybe dropbox for documents you use frequently. This could be extra backup devices your IT company / manager sets up or can be individual to your computer.
3. Encrypt your data
- You can move your files to the Cloud – but you can also use software to password protect those files. The most easy and handy way is to zip files and encrypt them with a password – you can use B1 Free Achiever
Overall, businesses need to decide if they want the Cloud just for storage or to work fully in the cloud. No one Size fits all with cloud services so knowing what your goal is before you set out is the first and major step forward.
The way things are moving forward working in the cloud for businesses allows an increase in productivity and mobility for the workforce however Public cloud companies need to continue their reassurance campaign that they’re safe for sensitive data driven work.
Businesses that handle highly sensitive data such as medical, Law and Finance institutions would need fully Private or Hybrid Cloud Services.
Hybrid appears to be the future which incorporates the flexibility of Public and the security of private and factors in the versatility that will keep your business ahead of the market.
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