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Destroy cloud based risk

FEBRUARY 23, 2018

Unfortunately, a lot of people when investing in cloud storage take on huge amounts of risk without consequence, until it’s too late. Hence, why it’s important that you are aware of the risks involved in cloud computing, and how to absolutely destroy them! But, before we get into how destroy the risks, it’s important that you know why you are even at risk in the first place.

You may think because you are a small business owner that you’re not the one at risk. That’s not the case. As a small-medium business(SMB) owner using a cloud hosting platform, you are actually the one most at risk! It’s outlined in the 2016 report on the state of SMB Cybersecurity that:

  1. 50% of SMB’s have been breached in the past 12 months,
  2. 59% of SMB’s have no visibility into employee password practices and hygiene, and;
  3. 55% of SMB’s have experienced a cyber-attack during the previous 12 months.

This is mainly because criminals don’t like work, and SMB’s are a much easier target to breach. And, each business that uses a cloud hosting service increases their value as a prospective target to a cybercriminal.

Your business data, and your customers data needs to be protected from unauthorized access, otherwise you are facing the risk of endangering you and your customers.

Here are 6 ways to destroy cloud-based risks:

1.  Know who can access what!

People in your business who use your system regularly, have access to highly valuable information to your organization. Those users should be receiving regular training on security, handling data correctly and access control.

2.  Restraining access to data based on the user/time.

In your SMB you should have different levels of access set for different users in your cloud storage. This should be being judged based upon who they are and what device they are using. For example, a dentist would have full access to their patient files within their working hours. When their using their phone outside of working hours they would have to go through additional steps to gain access to your secured data.

3.  Have a risk-based tactic to locking assets used with your cloud host.

Recognize what databases have sensitive/valuable data and provide those databases with extra security.

4.  Have extra security on some devices.

Ensure that your company data is separated from your personal data on all devices. This includes, contacts, payment information and other personal information. You can apply extra security by installing a patch management agent to ensure that all your devices will be continuously up-to-date, with the latest software installed.

5.  Apply tracking software to enable better network protection.

Your network needs to be protected! The easiest way to ensure you know what’s happening in your cloud network is by adding software that allows you to see who’s been accessing what information, when and why. This will provide you insight into how accessible your system is.

6.  Apply tracking software to enable better network protection.

Security devices which validate things such as user ID’s and passwords, track security data. This in turn, creates a path that can identify signals about potential attacks or security risks. Adding this layer into your network security will see you reaping the benefits of having a highly secure storage solution. Have any questions IT related? Give our team a call at 1800 265 880.

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