Storing information on the cloud makes a lot of sense for businesses in the tech industry. It provides them with flexibility, scalability and an affordable alternative to costly on-site infrastructure.
However, as Katherine Palac, director of Marketing at Column Information Security says, just as shop owners wouldn’t dream of leaving their doors unlocked overnight, companies that utilise the cloud need to take their cyber security to heart. If they don’t pay attention to how they and their providers keep data safe, they may be in danger of having it stolen. Nearly half of all companies have suffered some form of data breach, and the costs can be devastating. This is why it pays to be cautious.
For example, not all information needs to be stored on a remote server. Using discretion when it comes to migrating highly sensitive records can prevent them from being put at risk. Another common mistake made by many professionals is being too trusting. You shouldn’t assume your provider has fully addressed every security concern.
Don’t be afraid to ask questions and shop around if any of the answers make you nervous. You can’t afford not to take advantage of everything the cloud has to offer, but don’t jump into it blindly. For more tips you can use to ensure the security of the data your company stores on the cloud, take a look at the accompanying guide.
The author is Katherine Palac, director of Marketing at Column Information Security. Palac has focused on global B2B marketing and communications strategy for 20 years, primarily in the professional services, financial services and technology spaces.