Cloud Technology And You
To sit down and write about the wondrous changes that the Internet has provoked amongst businesses would be a nigh impossible task. Well, perhaps not impossible, but we here at Algo Communications Product Ltd. do realize that our reader base is not prepared to sit down and read through encyclopedia Brittanica sized documents pertaining to the subject. As this is the case, today we have decided to focus on one topic- Cloud technology- a relatively new phenomenon that has risen in prevalence over the past few decades.
As has always been a trend throughout history, the emergence of new technologies has borne with a slew of concerns. With Cloud technology, these have certainly become justified. This is mostly due to the recent intrusions that have occurred on corporate databases of companies such as Sony, Home Depot, and even the American Federal database. Considering that Cloud technology can either be based in the public realm of the Internet or new private or hybrid system solutions, it is understandable why more and more enterprises are becoming increasingly wary of the information that they upload into this intangible network. The fact of the matter is, however, that companies with over 1000 employees use an average of 1154 Cloud based-services. These range from basic web-intergrated software systems such as Office 365 to lesser known, but riskier, services such as FreakShare. Clearly, this technology and businesses have become so intertwined that undoing any upgrades would be a nigh impossible task.
On the plus side of things, we here at Algo Communication Products Ltd. have amassed information pertaining to this topic, assembling a quick list of questions that companies utilizing this technology should always ask in order to ensure maximum security:
- Is Your Cloud Service Provider in Charge of Security? Although Cloud providers certainly can offer comprehensive security programs, they often don’t focus on their clients with a case-by-case basis. Your IT team should instead create a solid security strategy. Keeping an eye out for anomalies in inbound and outbound traffic is a good place to start.
- Do Employees Use The Cloud On Their Own Devices? This can be a massive risk prior to the adoption of a solid security system. The more devices that use The Cloud (particularly when they are unauthorized), the more the risk of potential data leakages grows.
- Are The Right Tools In Place? Following a 2016 Cloud survey, it was revealed that 60 percent of UK IT departments used VPN connections, when in reality Cloud firewalls and encrypting data are much better at protecting sensitive information. The more obscure and encrypted data is, the safer it will be.
- Time To Re-Think Company Policy. Most businesses fail to have a solid policy regarding sensitive information and file sharing. This can lead to many issues as uneducated employees can unwittingly upload all types of susceptible information into The Cloud.
- When and How Do You Identify Virulent Insiders? As revealed by a 2015 study, many data breaches occur due to employees with ill intent choosing to leak information. Who has access to this data, and how they reach it (mobile device, in-office computer etc..) can play a massive role in ensuring maximum security.
The Cloud is still in it’s early stages of being, and, as history has explicated to us through the trial and tribulations of the Wright Brothers, technology is something that tends to steadily improve over time. Algo Communication Products Ltd. is committed to not only predicting the future but also ensuring that all of our clients understand the risks that The Cloud can bring. It is, without a doubt, still a phenomenal resource, and, by following the aforementioned steps, your company can ensure that the mistakes of the past are not repeated. If you have any questions regarding this, or want to look into upgrading your communication systems, give us a call today