Almost every business uses public cloud services for at least some of their applications. As convenient and practical as cloud services are, data security remains a critical factor. Luckily, your data is relatively safe in the cloud because superior precautions and security measures are taken. In fact, your data is safer in the cloud than it is on your own hard drive!
Nevertheless, it’s important to make cloud security a priority because you’re essentially entrusting critical information to other people. Below are four ways to increase cloud security for your business.
1. Encrypt Your Data
In the cloud, your business is still working with data, which means it can be accessed by many different people. To prevent your sensitive information from getting into the wrong hands, encrypt your data to prevent harmful attackers from intercepting it.
Encrypting your data restricts access to anyone without the proper authorizations. You can find encryption tools within the cloud environment, or you can outsource security to a third-party vendor.
2. Establish Data Backup and Recovery Plans
There are many reasons why hackers attempt to steal information. One reason is to corrupt or destroy your data. Even if the hackers don’t access sensitive information, it’s still a major problem if they render your data unusable.
To prevent this from happening, your company should have a data backup and recovery strategy to mitigate potential breaches. While your cloud provider may provide backups for you, we also recommend doing manual backups on your own.
3. Train Users to Protect Themselves
Another aspect of cloud security that some businesses forget about is improving security from the user’s end. It’s true that hackers look for vulnerabilities, but many security breaches happen from employees themselves. It’s not intentional, of course, but rather from employees who access the cloud on an unsecure network.
Train your workers on the cloud environment your business is using, as well as the importance of logging on from a secure network. This is especially important now that more people are working from home due to Covid.
4. Monitor Your Cloud Environment for Performance
Lastly, make sure you’re keeping a close eye on your cloud environment to ensure optimal performance. By doing this, you can monitor the performance, speed and security of your cloud infrastructure and pinpoint potential problems. For security purposes, pay attention to user activities and access logs. This information tells your security team about the data your users are trying to access.
Design a Successful Security Strategy with Gobi Technologies
These are just some of the ways that you can enhance your company’s cloud security. No matter how hands-on you are with your cloud environment, it all comes down to the provider you choose. Gobi Technologies offers modern IT services and technologies that follow the best practices for security, compliance and data protection. Contact us today for a free consultation.