In 2011, 65% of all American companies transitioned to the cloud. Two years later, that percentage has risen slightly, due in part to the debunking of the myth that the cloud is not safe to use. However, regardless of this common misconception being repeatedly discredited, many IT managers still harbor concerns that a shift to the cloud will not offer the security or privacy necessary in business networking systems.
With proper precautions and best practices, however, the cloud can be safe, even for large corporations or companies that have sensitive data. So as the remaining 35% of American business consider the switch to beneficial cloud use, consider these safe practices to keep the cloud an easy-to-use, secure and private place for enterprising business information.
Main Concerns of IT Managers
The cloud can be very beneficial to business and IT departments but without addressing the proper way to safely use the cloud and discredit previous myths about security, many corporations will neglect to use the cloud and reap its numerous benefits. IT managers across the globe have similar concerns about the cloud and those are addressed below.
Improper or a complete lack of cloud data center security is the number one concern of IT managers looking to make the switch to virtualization and cloud computing. However, this irrational fear can quickly be eased as cloud networking suppliers begin to state more clearly the security measures they have in place both physically and virtually. It is also important for IT managers to seek out cloud service providers with recently certified security measures, accessibility and secure content strategies. Finding a trusted cloud networking supplier is the first step to ensure top security measures.
The second most concerning characteristic of the cloud for IT managers is its potential lack of privacy for business and client users. There is a common fear that private company information may be monitored within the cloud by hackers or even the provider themselves. With the proper security and a trusted provider, these concerns are no longer legitimate, but further protection can be maintained through simple precautions such as encryption methods and authentication system techniques.
Secure Measures through Simple Precautions
There are four simple precautions that can be taken to ensure sensitive information is private and secure on the cloud.
Encrypted text is an excellent way to protect information from potential hackers. If businesses have any concerns about hackers or information being read, using encryption can ensure that should someone find their way into important files, all they will receive is a jumbled, unreadable mess. With the cloud’s increased security and privacy measures as well as encryption, IT managers can rest assured that information is safe, private and secure.
2. Select a Quality Password
When selecting a password for important information, it can be protected by choosing a quality password. Most users across the globe will go with simple and easy to remember passwords, such as ones that incorporate their name or even are as simple as “password” or “1234.” These types of passwords are many times the first set of passwords a hacker will try when attempting to access important corporate information. For cloud and virtual servers, always select a quality password that contains capital letters, symbols and even numbers. A strong password is essential to protected information anywhere, whether on the cloud or otherwise.
3. Be Wary of File Sharing
One of the best benefits on the cloud is that it allows for easy access and file sharing amongst employees and clients (another reason to have good passwords.) However to ensure safe business practices, IT managers need to strictly enforce file sharing among company-related people only. Corporate information in the wrong hands can be detrimental to a business and employees need to be aware that file sharing can compromise an operation within an organization if shared with the wrong people. A good rule of thumb is to only share files with employees or clients who are known and trusted.
4. For Peace of Mind, Back up Important Files
Although the cloud is famous for saving information as a quality back up, some IT managers recommend that for complete peace of mind, to back up important files not only on the cloud but in hard copies as well. With a backup in place many business owners can easily enjoy all the cloud has to offer with the security that files are safe both virtually as well as physically.
Stay Safe on the Cloud
Regardless of the misconception that the cloud is not safe to use being repeatedly discredited, many IT managers still harbor concerns that a shift to the cloud will not offer the security or privacy necessary in business networking systems. As we know, from the information in this article, this is not the case and the cloud along with the four main safe practices, is safe for large corporations and private users to utilize.
Do you have any tips to stay safe in the cloud? Let us know.
About the Author:
Brian Jensen works with Dell and has a passion for learning and writing about all things cloud computing, cloud data center trends, and virtualization technology. In his spare time he enjoys traveling, cooking, and spending time with his family.