Recent information security breaches are nothing to write home about. While hackers stole personal information on millions of users, we’ve become accustomed to similar breaches like those that hit Target and Sony.
Regardless of the amount of information that is stored in a particular cloud, security should remain a top priority for IT managers and companies around the country. The following do’s and don’ts of cloud security will help you better protect vital data should your cloud be a target in the next attack:
Always Backup Your Data
Your cloud data should always be secure. In the event someone does hack into your system, a recent backup should be available for restoration purposes. Previously, major companies have been hacked, leaving their data compromised or deleted without backup files to turn to—resulting in massive amounts of negative publicity and millions of dollars in lost information.
Take Cloud Security Seriously
Often, a simple firewall won’t do the trick. You need to take your data security seriously by implementing as many security measures as possible.
Managed firewall, intrusion programs and anti-virus software are available to help keep security as tight as possible. While cloud computing, in most ways, is more secure than storing files on a laptop or USB drive, you should always prepare for the worst.
In most cases, you’ll likely need to have regular access to information stored in the cloud. Try to avoid saving credit card information, bank information or passwords in the cloud—and never store any of these in plain, unencrypted text anywhere on any system. Use your cloud storage for documents, images and videos, and other files needed for increased productivity.
Encrypt your Data Before Sending to the Cloud
Even if you’ve used every security measure possible, some hackers are talented enough to get what they want. Use a cloud security program that offers encryption services as an add-on feature or encrypt the data yourself. That way, even if your storage is compromised, the information can remain secure.
Hire a Networking Specialist
Implementing a sophisticated cloud security plan can be nearly impossible for someone with little to no knowledge in networking.
The best way to be prepared for the cloud attack is by hiring someone who has a master’s in networking. They’ll have years of education and hands on training to secure your cloud and network in the best way possible. The investment in a full time networking salary will be well worth the cloud security protection against future hacking threats and subsequent financial repercussions.
Hackers are becoming more sophisticated every day. Maximize cloud security before someone finds out your current plan is filled with holes.
Author: Kara Masterson