Cloud computing is spreading more and more widely in IT companies of all sizes, both thanks to the increased possibilities of integration with the physical infrastructures already present and thanks to the high-security standards that can be guaranteed today, which allow obtaining a stable, secure and at the same time dynamic infrastructure.
However, many entrepreneurs do not think exactly that way, they are afraid of losing control over their data, once they have left the company walls. The questions technology solutions provider experts hear asking themselves most often are these:
- Where do I end up data hosted on the cloud?
- Who will be able to access my company’s data?
- Will my data be protected from cyber attacks, being effectively accessible via the Internet?
- What guarantees do I have of being able to recover data and quickly restore my company’s operations in emergencies?
The doubts raised by IT Firms as mentioned above are far from unfounded, since not all cloud solutions can give certain guarantees regarding privacy, the reliability of the IT structure on which the cloud is based and the constant and continuous usability of your applications and your data.
For this reason, here are five useful tips to help you choose a secure cloud computing system for your company, giving you concrete answers to the most common doubts.
1. Secure Data Transfer to the Cloud
It is important that data is transmitted from your company’s local servers to the cloud through the use of encrypted connections.
A cloud infrastructure may also be the safest in the world, but if the information is obtained before arriving at its destination, the effort necessary to make the latter inviolable becomes useless. With an encrypted connection, it is possible to avoid some of the most common types of cyber attacks, such as Man In The Middle and Spoofing.
2. Check Where Data Will Reside
In each country, the legislation dedicated to the privacy, data security and copyright sector is different.
For example in the United States thanks to the Patriot Act, the rules for data storage are more stringent than European ones. Therefore, inquiring about the legislative system of the country in which the data will reside and consequently about the compliance of the same system by the vendor, is essential.
3. Prevent Human Error
A self-respecting cloud system, with very high safety and reliability standards, cannot be exempt from an effective backup and redundancy system, not only at the infrastructure level (in case of hardware problems) but also at the management level. This way, you can avoid the human error: accidental data loss through deletion or overwriting is a strong daily probability, against which it is necessary to take action.
The first point to be addressed when choosing the cloud system is finding an effective and fast backup during the restore phase, and the verification of the availability of a versioning system, aimed at allowing a quick and convenient recovery of data mistakenly lost or overwritten.
4. Choose a Certified Service Provider
Each important innovation comes with multiple competitors who seek to retain their market share, sometimes with marketing strategies aimed at containing the price of the solution provided to the customer rather than its quality.
It is therefore important to rely on a globally recognized, certified and highly experienced vendor in the field. The IT firm’s data and its ecosystem are the greatest value for every entrepreneur, it is good that they are treated with competence and professionalism by industry experts.
5. Be Prepared to Deal with Cyber Attacks
The cloud is accessible through the Internet, from anywhere in the world. By its nature therefore, it is necessary that it is adequately protected from cyber attacks via the cloud.
It is therefore necessary to ensure that the partner chosen to innovate your IT company is equipped with a high level network security system, which can guarantee protection against DDOS attacks, malware and brute force attacks, to name a few.