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What is cloud security and why is it important?

Cloud data security is vital, as you will want to be sure that your data is safe while stored in the cloud. A number of high-profile hacking cases mean that this issue is topical for many business owners, but the reality is that your data is much safer in the cloud, and security is an extremely high priority for all cloud storage services.

 

Why cloud storage can be safer and more secure?

With cloud storage your data is backed up to the cloud rather than stored on-site or nearby. Some businesses are still backing up to tapes, or storing their data backups on-site or at a nearby off-site location. If there is a local disaster, then this could result in both backups being lost. Cloud security prevents this issue, as the data is stored in remote locations, protecting your business from the threat of data loss.

 

Who might need cloud security?

Cloud security is important for both business and personal users. Everyone wants to know that their information is safe and secure and businesses have legal obligations to keep client data secure, with certain sectors having more stringent rules about data storage.

Security is an essential element of your cloud service and you should always check that your service provider can provide the correct levels of security for your industry.

 

How does cloud anti-virus and cloud backup fit into a security plan?

Using cloud anti-virus and cloud backup can be an integral part of your security plan. Many businesses have not prepared or tested to ensure they are safe from potential security breaches, whether these come from internal or external sources. External threats include hacking or other data breaches, whereas internal threats include disgruntled staff members and human error. It is important to cover every eventuality in your security plan, so that you can protect your business from these security threats.

Automated cloud anti-virus checks will ensure your data is protected from external threats without you having to run time consuming anti-virus software internally. Using cloud backup will ensure that if the worse happens and you do suffer data loss, you can simply restore the latest backup and be up and running again very quickly.

 

What are the consequences of not having a disaster recovery plan?

What would happen if you lost the most recent version of your database due to a backup error? Would you lose sales as a result, or miss out on profits? Would your sales team be able to do their jobs?

Businesses often put off ensuring they have a full disaster recovery plan in place, thinking it will never happen, but it’s vitally important to have a plan that you have tested to ensure it works. There is no merit to making a backup of your data if you have never actually tested whether the data can be restored from it.

There are any number of things that can cause data loss in your business including storms, flooding, fire, equipment failure or human error. Having a comprehensive disaster recovery plan can mitigate this and ensure your business is protected.

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