cloud computing and cloud storage

Remember Doogie Howser? At the end of every episode, he would write about his day on a blue screen in his computer. This geeky teenage doctor wasn’t only a genius, he was also ahead of an entire generation by having an online journal. And since it was the early 90s, he probably saved his data in his own hard drive. After all, how advanced were hackers back then?

We then moved on to diskettes, USB, and now, the cloud. It’s effective, and above everything else, convenient. No longer do we have to remember to bring any hardware with us. Anywhere in the world, there’s a computer and a connection to the Internet, we can access our data. Remote employees can work from their living rooms. It’s brilliant.

But how safe is it?

While one of its benefits is that stored information is encrypted, no system is 100% perfect.

Common Cloud Storage Issues:

One of the biggest mistakes a business can do is think that all clouds are created equal. While they all provide the same service, some cater to bigger companies, while others focus on small businesses. Some offer basic file storage, while others provide bells and whistles that are important to some and irrelevant to others. You have to do your homework to see which provider will best meet your needs. For example, while all of them have to comply with federal regulations, some industries have specific requirements, such as HIPPA in healthcare and PCI-DSS for businesses that often deal with credit card payments. A good starting point would be to research which providers specialize in providing service within your industry.

Additional information that’s crucial to know is what type of security measures the company has in place, who has access to the information, and do they conduct background checks on employees?

Can you do anything to increase security?

In short, yes. Be mindful of the fact that some of the reasons so many people and businesses are hacked are ridiculously preventable:

Be smart about picking out a password. Everyone and their mother choose their dog’s name, the car they drive, their kids’ names and birthdays, etc… Whoever is interested in your data will likely be able to get all this information in a heartbeat.

Also, review that Service Level Agreement (SLA) with a business attorney. Know what every single term means and how reliable their customer support will be, even in the event of a natural disaster or major holidays.

If all of this is confusing or going right over your head, feel free to contact us. At Source 1 Solutions, we love to explain cyber security and find solutions to your concerns. Call us. You’ll be happy you did.

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