Data protection is one of the most important responsibilities of any company's IT department, and it is also one of the top concerns businesses have when considering a transition to cloud computing. Different industries have different concerns. In light of recent events, it is clear that retail companies, like Target and Neiman Marcus, have personal and private customer information they need to keep secured. Financial advisers and tax accountants have very detailed access into the financial and personal information of their customers, and health care facilities have a patient's entire medical history at stake.
Cloud Computing Security Solutions
Managed cloud providers understand the need to keep a company's sensitive information safe and secure--and they know how to do it. What's more: economies of scale mean that managed cloud providers are in a better position to afford top-of-the-line security features than most individual companies can on their own. Below are some of the cloud computing security options managed cloud providers can offer:
Encryption masks your data in a secret code so that hackers won't be able to understand the data, even if they have it. Encryption is especially important when sending files from one network to another, or when communicating sensitive information, like credit card numbers via online shopping carts and check-out forms. Encryption also protects email messages from being intercepted en route, so you can be sure that your communications stay between you and the recipient.
#2: SPAM and Virus Protection
You can't count on your employees not being misled by a phishing scheme or enticed by a legitimate-looking link that's loaded with malware. You need a security system that will block all such attempts to violate your security protocols. A managed cloud provider puts all those security features in place so you and your staff don't have to worry about keeping ahead of the latest attempts to compromise your data.
#3: Back Ups
Losing your customer information, client files, tax information and other data can be devastating. No company wants to tell their customers that they've lost their data, even to something as innocent as a power surge or server malfunction. By using a managed cloud provider, your data is stored off-site in duplicate locations, so if you face a power outage, system failure or other network issue, the data you need to run your business is still accessible.
#4: Disaster Planning & Recovery
Losing your physical office in a fire, flood, tornado or other natural disaster is bad enough. Losing your sensitive client and important business data can put your entire organization in jeopardy. By storing your customer and company files in the cloud, you still have the heart and soul of your business, even if you have to physically relocate.
#5: Solid, Supported Infrastructure
Having a secure, supported infrastructure behind your data offers a number of benefits. Of course, you can be assured that your data is safe from viruses, hackers and environmental disasters. You can also save money by not having to purchase, house, cool and maintain your own in-house servers. Even better, you can let your IT staff devote their energies on being creative and finding IT solutions to help your company and your customers succeed, rather than having to act as hardware caretakers.
While some companies fear losing control of their data security by working with a managed cloud provider, the result of such a move commonly provides an increase in security. Moving your data to the cloud offers increased protection from viruses and spam, better back-up and increased peace of mind, knowing that your valuable company and customer data is secure. Request a consultation with a Cloud Service specialist to discuss your specific data security and cloud needs.