IT professionals everywhere debate about how secure the cloud really is. While convenient, the cloud does bring opportunities for information breaches.
Here are four things you should know to ensure successful cloud security:
- Employees pose the biggest threat.
- While it’s commonly assumed outside hackers are the source of most data breaches, it’s actually people inside your business. The 2015 data breach forecast by Experian indicates more than 50 percent of all data breaches are inside jobs. Not all breaches are intentional, but communicating with employees about accessing the cloud on a secure server can cut down on any confusion.
- More than 40 percent of companies admitted to having a data breach last year.
- At the end of 2014, a Ponemon survey reported 43 percent of companies experienced a data breach, increased by 10 percent from 2013. Data breaches may seem isolated or only happen to larger companies, but they are a common occurrence. Being aware of information risk encourages better practices in cloud security.
- You need a policy.
- When configuring a new cloud process, companies need to instate a formal policy regarding what information can be stored and accessed in certain environments. According to the Cloud Usage Report conducted by Tech Republic, 25 percent of respondents did not have a security policy or procedure to reference in cloud regulation. A concrete policy for data security eliminates any confusion employees may have regarding proper data access.
- The cloud security market is growing quarterly.
- The Cloud Security Market report estimates the industry to reach $9 billion by 2019. IT providers everywhere are realizing the importance and demand of cloud security is growing globally. While the cloud may seem scary or unfamiliar, there are many professionals to consult with to ensure cloud processes run smoothly and securely.
HOBI International is a leading IT asset management provider. With more than 20 years in the industry, HOBI consistently provides the most secure data management. Security is our number one priority in data management and erasure.
The cloud increases flexibility, but also leaves room for error. Attention to detail and the right practices ensure a company’s cloud system runs smoothly and without data breaches.