The advent of cloud computing has changed the landscape and the possibilities of the business world. Instead of building and maintaining large in-house computer infrastructure, corporations can store and access everything they need online. But while cloud computing is cost-effective and boasts a number of benefits for both businesses and individuals, it isn’t without risk. Recognizing these risks is the first step to avoiding the potential hazards of cloud-based computing. Here are four of the most common cloud mistakes, and what you can do about them.
Giving Too Much Access
The cloud has so many potential applications. As a result it can, and often does, host a lot of sensitive information. It is vital that companies recognize their vulnerability when storing sensitive data in the cloud, and take adequate steps to protect it. This involves implementing role-based security to control access to any sensitive data. With this security measure in place, staff members are only privy to parts of the cloud necessary for them to perform their function.
Another common mistake many companies make is assuming that cloud computing alone is an adequate security measure for their data. Sorry, but this is simply not true. You must continue to encrypt and secure your data even when you’re using a cloud-based system. Think of it this way: better safe than sorry.
One data protection measure you can take is to use 256-bit encryption to protect data at rest. You can also protect encryption keys with an adequate key management solution, and monitor and authenticate the roles assigned to each member of the user base in respect to information access. Taking measures like these gives your company protection against potentially devastating malicious attacks and data breaches.
The importance of network connectivity can’t be overlooked. This can be a devastating oversight since cloud access and usage relies on Internet access. Be sure that your company has a reliable network and provider so that you don’t lose productivity or compromise your data.
Choosing the Wrong Provider
Finally, when considering cloud providers, be sure to go with one that offers transparency and visibility into the cost of use. Many companies fail to consider the cost of complete cloud implementation until it’s too late. It’s important to be able to monitor your costs as they accrue so you know what you’re really spending on cloud services—and don’t end up stuck in a contract that doesn’t suit your needs.
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