By Katherine Palac – Director of Marketing at Column Information Security,
Taking advantage of new technology means being cautious about it. Although the impulse for many businesses is to jump in with both feet, this can be dangerous. In the rush to beat competitors to any technological edge they can find, they may put themselves at risk. This is certainly true of cloud computing. The benefits of migrating to the cloud are numerous. Companies can lower their overhead, gain flexibility and streamline their IT operations. On the other hand, they can become vulnerable to attack if they don’t take the necessary steps to protect their data.
For instance, it’s a good idea to be selective about what is stored on these remote servers. Particularly sensitive information, such as customers’ financial records, should be kept somewhere more secure. Even though a provider may have extensive firewalls and other security features, users should take the initiative to use multi-factor authentication (MFA) for extra protection. Connecting through a VPN also limits the potential for unauthorized access. Of course, backing up all data is a good policy no matter what type of infrastructure a business uses.
Making the most of what the cloud has to offer means embracing it, but also being wary. For more tips businesses can use to protect the valuable information they store there, see the accompanying guide.