Is Your Cloud Storage As Secure As It Should Be?

Data breaches are no fun. Just ask the CEOs of Equifax, Forever 21, Deloitte, or one of the many other big businesses hit with them last year.

At the same time, there’s a lot that can be done to protect your business from data breaches. The most important part is making sure your security is up to snuff.

The world of IT security is constantly changing, which is why it helps to have an experienced team on your side well versed in the latest security updates, penetration testing techniques, and more. But more on that later.

The Problem With Cloud Storage

It’s 2018. Most businesses with a need to store significant amounts of data do so via cloud storage. It’s no longer necessary to have a giant data centre.

But cloud storage comes with its own issues.

As the common saying goes, there is no cloud. It’s just someone else’s computer. This is a massive oversimplification of what cloud storage actually is, but in the strictest sense, it’s true. When your data is stored somewhere else, it can cause security issues.

In the past, we’ve recommended people follow the 3-2-1 backup rule, which ensures that you have an additional backup besides your cloud storage. This can help in case of disastrous data loss, butit doesn’t protect you from security issues in your cloud storage solution itself.

Here are some of the questions you should be asking yourself when deciding whether or not your cloud storage is as secure as it could be.

1. Is my data access limited?

The more people who have access to your systems, the more vulnerable they are. This is why it’s helpful to make sure that different people have access only to what they need.

As an example, imagine a member of your sales team has their login information compromised. This is bad, but it would be a whole lot worse if this person also had access to accounting, HR, marketing, and your website’s administrative bits.

Sometimes a data breach just happens – hackers discover new angles of attack, and industry doesn’t always respond as quickly as it could. And simple human error is more of an issue than most would like to admit. But if you limit the access your staff has to your systems, you can prevent a minor breach from turning into a major one.

2. Am I monitoring the activity happening on my network?

If your company has an office building, you may have security staff to keep an eye on things. At the minimum, you probably have security cameras positioned in key locations to monitor the traffic into and out of your building.

But security cameras are only useful if there’s someone looking at their feed. Otherwise, they act only as a deterrent to amateur thieves.

The same is true with the traffic on your network. By keeping an eye on who’s accessing what, and ensuring your cloud storage solution has an automated cloud monitoring system set up, you can be more proactive in stopping any security intrusions before they start, or cut them off before they’ve had a chance to do too much damage.

This may be a slight hassle for your regular users who do something a little out of the norm, but it’s a small price to may to keep your company’s data safe.

3. Is my security suite up to snuff?

The aforementioned automated cloud monitoring systems notwithstanding, there are lots of other security measures your cloud storage should be taking to protect your data.

This includes the basics like requiring 2-factor authentication on your systems and secure passwords to regularly auditing the devices connected to your systems, monitoring software patches, and actively scanning for viruses and malware, and more.

Some of these are your responsibility, and others are up to the service you choose to use. To get a better understanding of how seriously your potential cloud storage solution takes your security and privacy, take some time to read the terms of service agreement.

4. How often does my cloud storage system update itself?

Frequent updates can be a bit of an annoyance in day-to-day life. If your service has to update itself every other time you use it, that can cut several minutes of productivity out of your day. But it’s actually a good sign.

The more often your software is updated, the securer it will be. After all, you’re protected from all the known security risks the company who built your software knows about up until the last update. And if that update was three months ago, you’re more vulnerable than if your last update was yesterday.

The same goes for your cloud storage. Try choosing an option with a frequently updated platform. Most of the big ones do this, but smaller solutions may not.

5. Has my service been penetration tested?

A penetration test is when you hire a team of ethical hackers to find a gap in your IT security.

It’s kind of like a bank owner hiring a team of bank robbers to try and break into their safe.

Once you’ve hired a penetration testing team, they’ll attack your system from every known angle to see how they can compromise your data. And once that’s complete, they’ll deliver you a report outlining where your gaps are and how you can improve them.

When choosing a cloud storage solution, it pays to make sure the service has been thoroughly penetration tested. But it’s also a good idea to perform a penetration test on your own system once it has been installed.

After all, different software combinations can sometimes cause unexpected security vulnerabilities.

Contact a proven penetration testing team to find out how secure your systems are and what you can do to improve them.

Contact 1st Secure IT

Are you considering a new cloud storage solution? Or are you unsure how secure your current systems are?

1st Secure IT can help.

Contact 1st Secure IT to book an appointment with one of our penetration testing specialists. From there, we’ll help you discover how you can make sure your cloud storage, or any other systems you have, are as secure as possible.

Don’t get caught off guard. In today’s digital landscape, it’s more important than ever to be secure online. Contact 1st Secure IT, and take your first steps toward a safer, stronger, securer business today.

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