5 Cloud Security Mistakes to Avoid
The cloud seemed harmless when everyone thought it was a passing phase, but as the cloud is very real so are the security concerns.
Too often do you see business users eager to establish applications and moving all their data to the cloud without understanding all the security implications along with it. Cloud computing has accelerated with the wide use of the internet services as well as development of mobile devices, but with acceleration comes growth of risks to cyber attacks.
5 Common cloud security mistakes to Avoid
1. Surrender your most critical data to the cloud.
DO NOT: Use public cloud as a place to store all your data, as it equates to turning control of your data (even regulated data) to that cloud service provider.
DO: Consider a hybrid approach that adhere to IT and security policies set by your business. Before signing up for a cloud service consider the contract and insist on a contractual clause so your data gets treated differently.
2. Become clueless to where your data lives.
DO NOT: Sign up with a cloud provider without knowing the location or region of the data centre. Knowing the physical locations of where your data is being processed and stored will keep you on the right side of data-residency regulations.
DO: Investigate in the legal requirements over data privacy and look into storage devices to keep data located locally in your organisation incase you cannot access the cloud.
3. Make sure your password is simple to remember (and for everyone else)
DO NOT: Rely on password security to keep all your data safe in the cloud. Multiple layers of defence should be in the place to protect your organisation from cyber attacks.
DO: Change your password often, while including multiple numbers, letters and expressions to give yourself less of a chance of being hacked.
4. Backing up is for the paranoid and panicked.
DO NOT: Fall into the trap of not backing up your data on a regular basis. This will minimise the risk of a widespread data loss or any downtime due to your cloud provider.
5. Leave everything up to chance.
DO NOT: Take on new cloud adoption programs without changing your organisation plans. Staying ahead of changes that can impact your cloud use, such as data privacy regulations can help you down the track as they become increasingly strict.
DO: Plan the life of your cloud data for the future so you can address any situation before it occurs.