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How to Increase Data Security For Your Cloud Network

Photo by Vishnu R Nair on Unsplash
Photo by Vishnu R Nair on Unsplash

Protecting your data should be one of your top priorities when using a public cloud network. Data security is one of Solar VPS’s specialties. As businesses rely more on public cloud services, they also have to be wary of the growing cybersecurity threats. Cyberattacks, breaches, and viruses are becoming increasingly common. Therefore, it is crucial for business owners to understand how to protect their data while using cloud networks. 

Threats to Data Security

There are many different types of threats to data security, including a wide array of cyberattacks. Cyberattacks are an offensive action that targets computer information, data, systems, networks, or personal devices. These attacks use different methods to infiltrate your personal computer and data, steal important information, destroy data, and alter the landscape of your business’s information. 

Some common types of attacks include password, malware, birthday, eavesdropping, SQL injection, cross-site scripting, drive-by, phishing, man-in-the-middle, and denial-of-service attacks. If you suspect any suspicious attack associated with your computer or cloud network, it is critical to contact your service provider and an IT expert immediately to avoid losing private information.

Understanding Cloud Security

Cloud security is vital for protecting your business or personal information that’s stored on public cloud network systems. Cloud security is compiled of a series of policies and procedures that all work together to protect your cloud network activities. This includes any cloud-based applications and services that you may be using. These cloud systems need to be secure since they store a great deal of essential data. 

Cloud security can easily be compromised, especially with more members receiving access to a cloud network. With the rise in working from home and remote positions, cloud security can also be more vulnerable since people use the web from various locations.  

Mobile devices are also a popular mode of communication and cloud usage in today’s fast-paced work environment. It can be more difficult for businesses to monitor their employees’ use of a cloud network through their mobile devices versus a company laptop computer. 

Some Things to Note

Some important things to note are that employees often open the door to cyberattacks – unintentionally, but still harmfully. Some of the most common factors putting your data at risk include using unsecured wi-fi connections, accidental deletions, stolen login information, and giving away crucial information which can be used to hack into a cloud network. 

Attackers often deploy emails with malicious links which employees may not know are dangerous. These are known as phishing scams. Sometimes these scams can be complex, luring individuals into sharing personal information with scammers. 

What You Can Do

You and your business can do many things to ensure your data security when using a public cloud network. Here are some critical tips that will help you provide a secure cloud network experience.

  • Employ dual network authentication

While we sometimes find these steps annoying, they do a lot to prevent personal data breaches. Employing a dual network authentication often requires two separate devices. It simply asks you to confirm your identity when logging into an online public cloud network by answering a phone call or text message sent to your phone. These are becoming more common throughout the technological world, from bank logins to university systems. Add one to your business cloud today to help protect your data.

  • Check users’ access often

You should also check frequently to see which users have access to specific folders, files, and data. This may need to change with time. Never forget to remove people from old files if they no longer need access. Also, never give anyone access to information that they don’t need to complete their job. The more secure you keep your systems, the better your data security will be overall. 

  • Educate your staff

As a business owner and public cloud user, it is crucial to educate your employees on the dangers of data breaches. They might not understand the inner workings of the cloud infrastructure like you do. It is your job to make sure that they also know how to avoid cloud data cyberattacks. The more they know, the more they can do to prevent information leaks. It also makes it easier for them to report any concerns back to you when they recognize them. 

  • Remove old employees

In the process of employees moving on, you should have an efficient protocol to remove them from cloud networks. It’s a good idea to change any passwords and logins, particularly if you fired the employee. Sometimes fired employees harbor anger and resentment, and you don’t want to risk leaking personal data because of not changing your login info. 

  • Have a backup plan

Another thing to keep in mind is the loss of personal data due to a data breach. This is less of a way to avoid data loss and more of a backup security measure; nevertheless, it is critical when working with public cloud networks. You should have some backup data system, whether it is another cloud system or a simple protocol that your business follows. Meet with other managers to get some ideas of what would work best for your company and data security. 

  • Contact Solar VPS today

Solar VPS is here for all your web hosting needs. We know that using a secure cloud network is vital to the smooth operations of your business. We take data security very seriously and want to help you protect your information. Want to learn more about our services and what we can do for you? Give us a call today toll-free at (800) 799-1713, or follow us on our social media platforms for more information. 

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