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Cloud Data Security

Author: Pete Langlois/Tuesday, October 14, 2014/Categories: SNI Companies, SNI Technology

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If it seems you can’t turn on the radio or TV lately without hearing about another data breach, it’s because you truly can’t. Data security is imperative and top-of-mind for everyone from consumers to CEOs. As an IT professional, it is critical that before you move your organization’s data storage to the cloud, you have a deep understanding of cloud data security.

If this area is new for you, or if your company is making the change to cloud storage, these five tips can help you keep your data secure in the cloud:

Know What You Need: Know your data security needs, and how this may change depending on the applications used and data being stored. Not all data requires the same level of security. For example, healthcare records require significantly greater protection than the menu from your 1998 holiday party.

Define the Rules of the Road: Be sure that you have developed clear policies for when and how cloud services are to be used. Create or examine your data transfer protocols and SSL configuration. It will be almost impossible for you to keep data secure if you don’t know who is uploading what data to what location.

Don’t Forget Passwords: More than 90% of user-generated passwords can be made vulnerable to hacking in a matter of seconds according to InfoSecurity. While this may seem like old news, many organizations still do not have password protocol. If your organization does not, be certain to establish one, as well as an updating schedule before moving your data to the cloud.

Utilize Cloud Encryption: Cloud encryption is a service offered by cloud storage providers whereby data, or text, is transformed using encryption algorithms and is then placed on a storage cloud. When using cloud encryption, be certain to closely examine what your provider is doing. Some services only offer basic encryption on a few database fields, such as passwords and account numbers, while others offer lower cost options, such as redacting or obfuscating data.

Train Employees on Data Security: A recent ComputerWeekly article stated that teaching employees to be aware of security requirements is one of the most effective ways to enhance a company’s overall data security. Yet, only 19% of companies offer data security training that includes cloud applications.

Whether in the cloud or your in your office, data security is an increasingly important issue. Smart IT professionals know to regularly monitor developments and best practices in this area to ensure their company’s data remains secure.

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Pete Langlois
Pete Langlois

Pete Langlois

Pete Langlois is the Chief Sales Officer at GEE Group. His blog leverages his decades of experience in hiring, training and retaining top talent and covers trends and issues of interest to employers and job candidates alike.

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Pete Langlois is the Chief Sales Officer at GEE Group. His blog leverages his decades of experience in hiring, training and retaining top talent and covers trends and issues of interest to employers and job candidates alike.

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