4 Ways startups should approach cloud security

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The term “the cloud” is thrown around a lot especially if you’re in the tech world.  In case you didn’t know cloud computing is effectively an extensive group of computers networked to allow centralised storage and access around the world access. If you’re using services such as Dropbox or Trello you’re in the cloud.

Heavy and growing use of the cloud means a large amount of your data is stored virtually and key infrastructure has become dependent, particularly if you’re a small business. At Entrepreneur Handbook for this article, we reviewed our cloud presence and found that we were actively using 16 Saas (Software as a service) platforms in the cloud and three that are mission critical to our operation, i.e., Hosting, Accounting, Application…

With this in mind, cloud security should be critical for your business. Whether it’s Hollywood movies or celebrity photo hacks, cloud security failures have highlighted vulnerabilities. Arguably though cloud infrastructure is no less secure than other storage, but the shift of services online and the growth in hackers/ attacks means you are at increased risk. So here are four areas you should be thinking about regarding keeping your cloud presence safe:

People & access

It sounds simple but making sure there are different levels of access to cloud services/ infrastructure for different employees is critical. Ensuring the human element is in line with security procedures should be your first point of call. You should also think about implementing monitoring of these services and how employees use them, accountability is key.

Talk to your provider

If you’re using a company such as Rackspace Hosting or another cloud-based service, find out their security procedures and what level of protection they provide. Make sure to check its inline or ahead of industry standards. Cloud security standards are constantly evolving, make sure your provider is too!

It’s a tornado!

Where are your provider’s data storage centres? Even the cloud is open to natural disaster, make sure your data is backed up across the world and that your provider has adequate fail safes/ spread of data centres.

Have you been hacked?

Find out what your providers promise in the event of a breach, i.e., recovery, restitution, liability. In the event of a breach, if you’re storing sensitive data your provider may be liable rather than yourselves, this is particularly poignant if you’re handling sensitive details such as banking or medical records.