As per the survey, 95% of the organizations have shown reliance on cloud storage. But do they know the shortcomings and vulnerabilities of cloud security?
Due to the craze and affordability of cloud services, businesses have shifted from a dedicated server in India to a cloud platform. Cloud storage providers also have marketed their cloud services that stop people from buying dedicated servers at higher prices. They provide their customers exactly what they are looking for which is a cost-effective hosting solution. But besides being cost-effective, companies should also be careful of their data security.
The pricing of cloud hosting solutions might intimidate you, but as you are responsible for your client’s data, you need to be aware of the security concern possible on cloud storage. The first and foremost issue with cloud storage is that it is accessible to multiple users simultaneously. Being accessed by innumerable people further leads to the chances of a security breach. Data is stored in bulk on cloud storage that lures potential hackers. Thus, it becomes necessary to know the whereabouts of your data and how is it protected. We have compiled together some of the most unique ways to secure your data over cloud storage.
Simple steps to strengthen cloud security
Your first step forward in the direction of strengthened data security is to select a reliable cloud storage service. If your cloud storage is reliable then it reduces the tension of data security to half. It takes care of and defends your system from identity thieves, malware, and cybersecurity threats. Apart from selecting good cloud storage, there are ways to enhance data security. Let’s explore the steps that once implemented will eliminate the need to buy a dedicated server.
Take care of the privacy settings–
Signing in to the cloud storage without cross-checking the privacy settings is one of the biggest mistakes. Setting up privacy settings is to ensure that you do not share any sensitive information on your website in the hurry of cloud migration. When you migrate over a cloud platform, they don’t filter internal or sensitive information that should not be shared initially. So, your first step should be to set the privacy settings and then go forward with migrating. Also, do not forget to check the information your cloud storage has access to pull out and how sensitive is that data or account.
Never compromise with the strength of passwords–
This comes as a surprise that approximately 75% of security breaches on cloud storage happen due to weak passwords. Thus, never compromise on the strength of the passwords for all your accounts. There might be accounts dealing with more sensitive information and which need to be more careful with the passwords. Shorter passwords can lead to more chances of hacking. Hence, your passwords should be of at least 8 characters. They should be a combination of numbers, alphabets, and special characters. Updating passwords frequently also makes them less predictable by hackers.
Make use of Two-factor authentication–
Password verification is not reliable enough in verifying the identity of individuals accessing your accounts. Thus, your business needs two-factor authentication to cross-verify the authenticity of all the individuals. Two-factor authentication can be done by using a question, key number, or a specific code. If you don’t want to add up on your responsibilities, then you can go with the authentication app. Such additional security measures are necessary to authenticate individuals to keep your data secured.
Avoid migrating all the applications and data over cloud–
To quickly get rid of the storage and security responsibilities, organizations and individuals forget to segregate their data and applications while migrating over the cloud. Not all data is appropriate to be stored over a cloud platform. Especially the data that can be crucial for your clients like security numbers, IDs, etc. Must not be stored on the cloud. A single breach with the client’s data can ruin your company’s reputation forever. Therefore, you must store high-priority applications and crucial information of your clients in-house to avoid any repercussions.
The operating system should always be updated–
Irrespective of the type and version of your Operating System you must keep on updating. We understand that sometimes we lost track of the ongoing update or version and these update notifications keep on nudging. But taking a risk with your business site is quite unprofessional. Ignoring even a single notification can have escalated impacts. Thus, it is necessary to keep your OS updated. Older versions of OS are more prone to bugs and malware. Ignoring a single update can lead to the attention of such malware and lead to unexpected inconveniences. Hence, updated OS is the way for a successful business.
All the mentioned steps will assure data security on the cloud. Still, you feel that your data needs to be even more secure, then go for a security test run. The test run presents that how secured your cloud storage more practically. You will get to experience the real-time issues and try troubleshooting on the ground level. Test running the cloud storage is the most pragmatic way to check the reliability of cloud storage.
Now it’s time to stop assuming the security of your cloud storage. By keeping your cloud storage secured you are being more responsible for your client’s data.
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