When new technologies come along, it takes a while to work the kinks out. Early adopters make it easier on the rest of us by testing, honing in, and fixing problems. But it’s important to realize that there are security risks and potential problems with any technology—and cloud technology is no exception.
Don’t be lulled into a false sense of security by the ephemeral, non-tangible aspects of the cloud. It can “feel” like the cloud is some secure, inaccessible data organizer—but it has a few unique security issues that you should be aware of.
If you work with a cloud services provider, be sure that they ensure data encryption from end-to-end, from your devices to the server. This makes it unlikely that any third party can access information as it is transmitted back and forth.
Be sure as well that your employees are well-educated on the dangers of social engineering. More and more, spam and phishing strategies are becoming sophisticated enough to lure even the smartest employees in. By posing as colleagues or trusted companies looking to “confirm” company or personal information, hackers and spammers are wreaking havoc and obtaining access to sensitive information.
One of the ways in which cloud services can become insecure is by the many devices accessing the cloud. With the rise of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) company policies, there are more points of access to your cloud information than ever. Make sure that you implement some common-sense security policies for employee devices that mitigate your risks.
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