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How To Ensure Your Data Is Secure In The Cloud

In insight / By Lydia Cooper / 01 February 2019

When it comes to securing your data online, many will grant it impossible, however, with the cloud there are a few protective measures you can put in place to help reduce the risks of any potential security risks and improve your cybersecurity. Here, at Nasstar, we’ve compiled the top five privacy protection tips to help keep your data secure in the cloud

Ask Yourself: Are You Secure?

The first step you must take is to understand your current position within data protection. Although many may think they are secure, they most likely are not. Unless you’re aware of all the potential security attacks, your data cannot be fully protected against them.

What Are Some Common Cloud Computing Security Risks?

  • Violation of existing regulatory controls
  • Malware infections
  • Hacked interfaces
  • Phishing and Social Engineering Attacks
  • Permanent data loss
  • Vulnerabilities within the system
  • Abuse of cloud service
  • Insider threat
  • Hijacking of accounts

In order to avoid these potential risks, there are a few protective measures you can put in place to ensure that your data is fully protected within the cloud.

1. Avoid storing sensitive information in the cloud

This is usually a given. Of course, there is always risk when it comes to storing sensitive data, however, it’s usually recommended that you avoid storing any personal information on the cloud that you wouldn’t want getting leaked; for example, any bank statements or important documents. Instead, it is advised to opt for a more appropriate solution and keep any sensitive data away from the virtual world.

2. Make sure your passwords are secure

Nearly 90 percent of passwords can be cracked within seconds, therefore, creating a unique and strong password is a crucial and worthwhile step to improving your data security and usually one of the first and most simple solutions. For the past few years, ‘123456’ has been voted the worst password of the year so remember to avoid any ‘easy’ combinations that could put your data at any potential threat. Instead, try using a mixture of upper and lower-case characters, numbers and special characters to make up a minimum of 8 characters.

As well as this, it’s also very important not to duplicate any important passwords as this will give hackers a gateway to all your online accounts, especially your email password as this is usually where all your login information and forgotten passwords are stored.

3. Encrypt Your Data

This is by far one of the best ways to protect your data in the cloud. By using certain software and tools, you can easily secure your files and information by turning them into password-protected, making it twice as hard for hackers to get hold of. Not only does this method protect your data from hackers but also it blocks out any service providers, making even your most sensitive information tightly secure.

The easiest way to go about this is to zip your files and encrypt them with a password - provided you follow the rules outlined in no.2.

4. Install Anti-virus Software

As important as it is to make sure your data is secure, it’s also essential to consider the system it is stored on. Without any proper safeguarding in place, hackers can easily bypass and get hold of your data. By installing anti-virus software onto your computer or laptop it will allow you to keep on top of any potential security threats, strengthening your core database and providing stronger protection all round.

5. Backup Data

When it comes to managing important data, it’s always important to have a backup in case of an emergency. Having both hard and electronic copies will ensure that you can still access your information and data even if it gets lost in the system.

We recommend backing up your data on an external storage device as well as in your cloud storage in order to provide ultimate overall protection.

By following our advice, your data stands a much better chance of staying protected in the cloud. However, if you’re looking to further reduce your risk of cyber attacks, at Nasstar we offer a variety of bespoke clouds, professional services, managed IT networks and a range of technical products to support organisations. If you would like any more information on how to ensure your data is safe and secure, then feel free to contact us.

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Lydia Cooper

Lydia Cooper

Group Marketing Manager at Nasstar.

Telford, Shropshire
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