Some people still hesitate to use cloud-based software but it is the need of the 21st century. It has already revolutionised the way business is done. While security threat is present in any kind of software, the cloud is not devoid of it. For users, here are some tips to ensure security while using cloud computing and making your experience a smooth one.
Encryption may require some effort on the part of the user, but it will also scramble your credentials so it is not easy for anyone to procure them. It is a great idea whenever possible and as a cloud user, you must apply it. Your cloud security tools provider might also be able to help you with your security concerns, so never hesitate to ask.
Delete Data When It Has Outdone Its Time
With limitless data storage, who would bother deleting anything? Yet, it is wise to delete when something is of no use anymore, as you may not know it may become potentially dangerous later on. Simply delete an email or warning message when it has outlived its worth.
Use Anti-Virus and Anti-Spy Software
The access to the cloud is from your system first; hence, a system at risk puts your online data at risk. Never be lazy about installing and using antivirus software and keep a regular check. A key logger may get to your cloud vendor password and all data may be lost in any case if you do not encrypt.
Determine Security Level
As a company, understand and know your security needs and be informed about how public clouds handle security. Educate relevant personnel on the job about security protocols, and this is just the starting point. Security protocols to protect different kinds of data, like health or finance, will be different. Also, ensure that the right cloud application security tools are utilised and routine cloud application risk assessment is carried out.
Determine the App Providers Security Level
Examine data classification and protection policies, and ask if your data will be transferred via secure channel to the cloud. Enquire about your app provider’s internal security policies and ask them about physical security measures such as protection against natural disasters and disaster recovery planning.
Do Not Assume Anything
Validate the security mechanism of the cloud to be assured that your data is in safe hands. It is important that for highly sensitive data, organisations hire a professional to test security provisions. Carry out routine cloud application risk assessments, and never take security on the cloud as granted.