Is the Cloud Secure? Part 2

Many small business owners have utilized the cloud during these tough economic times. Business owners can conserve money by using programs within the cloud, from Photoshop alternatives to project-management tools. Nevertheless, the cloud can be a bit questionable with regards to security. Documents stored in the cloud can be jeopardized or damaged.

Password issues

One of the biggest security issues when dealing with the cloud is password protection. This is also one of the greatest security issues outside of the cloud.

Selecting a difficult to guess password for data and information in the cloud is a simple way for business owners to safeguard themselves. Creating a password that has both numbers and letters, and if possible, special characters. Another consideration for business owners is who should have access to these passwords. The more people that have access to passwords the more at risk the data is.

Hacker alert

Hackers, malware, and spyware remain serious issues for cloud environments, just like they are issues that business owners face when logging onto their personal computers everyday. The thing that makes this particularly scary is that individual business owners have little control over how secure cloud are. The big names — companies like Microsoft and Google — must provide their own security for the information that business owners store in the cloud.

Common sense protection

Protecting yourself from theft in the cloud is often as easy as applying some common sense practices.

First, sensitive data may not be the best thing to store in the cloud. If your data is so sensitive that a compromise on its security could spell the collapse of your business, consider saving it on a physical computing system and implement a secure back up process that is more controllable.

Secondly, before giving every employee free access to cloud-stored data, think carefully about which employees actually needs access to that information. People are often careful about protecting their laptops and desktop computers from prying eyes; this attitude should be applied to the cloud as well.

Posted on: 01.20.12