If you look at any research on cloud computing, you’ll see how beneficial it is for businesses of all sizes. However, some small/medium-sized business owners are still concerned about security when using the cloud. In particular, security around client data. Understandably, businesses are cautious with such delicate information. So, the question is, ‘is it safe to put client data on a cloud server?’. The answer is YES.
Cloud computing has made it super easy for staff to access information while at the same time causing headaches for potential hackers. If you choose the right cloud provider, your (and your client’s) data is encrypted making it virtually impossible for anyone to decode your data. Plus, instead of storing this data on a device, like a laptop, the data is stored off site in a secure location. Providers like Austin Technology, store their physical servers in Australia for extra security. So, how else can cloud servers help your business thrive?
How safe are Cloud Servers?
Cloud servers are generally public or private. Public cloud servers can include common storage solutions like iCloud, Google Drive or Dropbox. For this article, we are focusing on private cloud servers that allow businesses to access software and personal data via a company intranet or VPN.
Keeping physical hardware for a cloud server stored in a separate location means it cannot be accessed by staff members. This is one of the first steps to protecting data. It’s also much safer than keeping the information on a laptop or desktop computer hard drive which can be compromised by malware or phishing emails.
The second security measure is encryption. While cloud computing makes it super-fast and easy for your business to access information, it’s a whole different story for cybercriminals. All your data is encrypted making it meaningless to anyone without the correct authorisation key.
Why Cloud Servers are a safer option for businesses
As mentioned above, storing data on laptop or desktop computer hard drives can potentially open your business to a cyberattack. That could be by someone hacking into your computer hard drive or using phishing emails to gain information through employees. One of the other issues with self-managed data security is keeping it up to date.
Cloud security is not a set-and-forget system. When you use a managed cloud service, your security is consistently updated for you. Being proactive, rather than reactive about data security means you can get on with running your business knowing that you have the best possible security measures in place.
Why rely on your whole workforce to backup company data when cloud computing can do it automatically. It’s the only true way to safeguard your business against lost data. The benefits of a hosted cloud backup include:
- Data is encrypted before backup
- Data is stored in a safe data centre
- Auto detects new or changed files
- Regular status checks sent via email
- Automatic or scheduled backups
Using a Managed Cloud Service to save money
To combat the technology used by cybercriminals, businesses must regularly increase their IT capital expenditure. But where does the spending end? The reality is, it doesn’t.
A cost-efficient alternative is to use a managed cloud service that gives you access to all the latest security hardware without having to invest a huge amount for it. You pay a manageable set fee and all the hardware and software upgrades are taken care of. The result is:
- Higher data security
- Reduced capital and internal IT expenses
- Increased productivity
- On call expert IT advice for you and your staff
If you’d like to talk about moving your business to the cloud, contact Australia’s leading managed IT support company, Austin Technology.
Our dedicated team will show you how cloud computing can transform your business, making it more efficient, secure and profitable.