The lowdown on cloud security

The lowdown on cloud security

Cloud providers try to get us to believe that their service is automatically secure, but that isn’t the case. Just look at the millions of Dropbox users who had their accounts compromised.

If your business is thinking about switching to the cloud, then you must be aware of the platform’s security and take it seriously. The following is a list of preventative measures you can take to help your business transition and ensure cloud security.

Ask your IT provider about their cloud security policies.

When doing your research, make sure you find a trusted IT provider and have an open conversation about their cloud security and what polices they have in place.

Ask where the physical cloud servers are located.

While having a candid conversation with your IT provider, be sure to ask them about the location of their physical cloud servers. Wherever they are located, you should always make sure that they’re located in a safe data center with proper security.

Create unique usernames and passwords.

Weak login credentials are one of the cloud’s main security vulnerabilities. Don’t use passwords such as “abc123” or “pizza”. Your password should contain a mix of uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers, and special characters.

Use industry standard encryption and authentication protocols

There are several out there, but IPsec (Internet Protocol Security) is always a reliable choice.

Make sure data is encrypted before it’s uploaded to the cloud.

Encryption is absolutely necessary and can be done by either you or your cloud service provider. Encryption makes data unreadable to unauthorized users and recipients. Therefore, if a hacker somehow gains access, they will find it completely useless.

Transparency is key when it comes to trusting the security protocol of a cloud service provider. They should not take security lightly and they should be able to explain their policies clearly and open to any questions you may have. If a provider is unable to do any of these things, then you should find another vendor.

Are you ready to talk cloud security and transition your business into the cloud? Call us today. We’re happy to answer all your questions.