Keeping Your Client’s Data Safe Over The Cloud

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Keeping Your Client’s Data Safe Over The Cloud

Cloud Computing is changing the way we do things and how we perform computing tasks. The Internet has widened the threat vector on security and safety of personal and client data and Cloud Security is becoming a bigger problem daily.

The immense advantage of cloud computing comes with their fair share of problems and keeping the customer’s data secure should be a top priority for many customer interfacing businesses. Below are the top tasks to consider:

Consolidate

One of the biggest problems with organisations is storing data over a broad spectrum of data servers. An estimated three million a year in data breaches plague businesses today.

Adding storage locations increases the overall risk and exposure. It takes multiple efforts including, resources, money and time to ensure that your data and the client’s data is safe. So, minimise the number of storage locations.

Employee Access

Another concern is employee access and administrative rights to servers and computers, despite the data being in the cloud. Limit the access to sensitive client data by implementing passwords and changing access rights periodically or when employees leave. Also, make sure that passwords and security keys are obscure so no one can guess them. I also recommend tracking and monitoring of those passwords and security keys. Another good idea is to purge outdated data from your system.

High-quality Security Software

Each day there are approximately 200,000 malicious programs and viruses developed and unleashed over the internet. These programs help cyber hacktivists recon and exploit weaknesses in data security and infrastructure. You can never have enough security. As the digital footprint widens so will hacking, phishing and data theft.

Deploying multiple layers of security, firewalls and anti-virus software, and encryption will make it harder for cyber criminals to reach your customer’s data.

Although a time-consuming task, keeping your security software up to date might be the only way to protect against such threats. This just doesn’t just include your online security software, but operating systems and protocols as well.

Remote Purging of Mobile devices.

Increased speed of the internet, downloading of applications and the need to work from home, has created new threat dimensions. It’s a fact that mobile users lose devices, download apps they shouldn’t and experience theft. Formatting software like Mobile Iron can substantially reduce the chance of compromise.

Transmitted Data

During the transmission phase of downloading data, it is important to have some form of encryption. Data can be stolen and tampered with during this process. Since most CSPs do not provide encryption, it’s important to find a reputable provider.

Which Information Security Service Provider Should you Choose

Selecting an information security provider can make all the difference when securing a client’s data. Reliable providers usually offer a full complementary range of services, such as penetration testing and source code reviews. If you are thinking about storing your data on your private servers, it’s still wise to consider these types of services.

Whether you choose the cloud or in-house, each poses risks and a reputable organisation can help guide you and mitigate such risks.

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