For many businesses, the cloud is an appealing option. It gives them greater flexibility because employees can access information virtually anywhere. It saves them money since they no longer need to invest in costly IT infrastructure. It provides them with the peace of mind that comes from knowing they will have continuity in the event of a disruption. However, for all of the advantages these servers offer businesses, the technology still does not offer airtight security. Although many companies may be tempted to take a “set it and forget it” attitude, they still must be diligent about information security when using the cloud.
More than 43 percent of businesses worldwide have experienced a data breach, and more are added to this statistic on an ongoing basis. Although server providers frequently have robust defenses against cybercrime and data loss, businesses still should make cloud security one of their highest priorities. With some due diligence and a little foresight, companies can take steps to keep their sensitive information safer when migrating it to a remote server. For example, using a VPN narrows the pathway to data and prevents unauthorized access.
For more tips concerning security when migrating to the cloud, take a look at the accompanying guide.
Katherine Palac is 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.