When you start using cloud services, it's like renting a storage unit. You get your key and code, and you start organizing your things. There are obvious security protocols that the company you're renting from enforces, and then there are some that are your job—like keeping your key safe and not giving out your code.
In this analogy, it's clear that keeping your information secure on the cloud isn't only up to your services provider—it's also up to you and the employees in your company. Many businesses don't know how to keep themselves safe from the security threats that go hand-in-hand with cloud technologies and IT services, and because of this, they open themselves up to serious data loss. Here's how to avoid some of the most common mistakes.
Are You Making These Cloud Security Mistakes?
There are many pitfalls when it comes to data security in today's ever-connected business world. You can avoid the most common.
- Assuming, not asking: The single biggest threat to your data security is a lack of knowledge. Many businesses and employees don't understand how to use their cloud services appropriately and don't ask the right questions to keep their information secure. Work with your cloud services provider to fully understand best practices for security, and never assume your protocols are enough to safeguard your information.
- Complacency: We all have those passwords that we use as our go-to even though we know they're not very secure. Why? Because we're complacent—we don't truly believe that someone will want to hack our email account. But in too many cases, this assumption is flat out wrong. Information is valuable. Make sure your employees know that their actions directly correlate to the security of your company's data.
- Unprotected devices: Cloud solutions are convenient and easy to use, but that also makes them easy to access on unprotected devices. Make sure employees understand which company-approved devices and networks they can access the cloud from.
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