Preventing Data Breach by Secure Cloud Hosting

Posted on: August 11th, 2017 by nexstepaz No Comments

In this age of digital technology, data is becoming more valuable than ever. The downside is that it is become an attractive target for security breaches like hacking. This is not a good thing for the business sector considering that data is the lifeblood of their organization. So how can you prevent data breaches?

The Numbers

Are you aware that in a study conducted as early as 2003, carelessness and human error are two of the most common reasons why data breaches occur? This holds true for almost all types of organizations until today. The surprising thing is that despite being avoidable, it is consistently at the top of the list why data becomes compromised.

Continued efforts have been exerted to increase awareness of using the best practices for data security. But in the most recent survey, user behavior remains one of the biggest threats for any organization. Consider these numbers:

  • 81% of hackings are due to weak or stolen passwords;
  • 39% of data breaches target healthcare and financial services, both are heavily regulated;
  • 51% are done by criminal gangs;
  • 25% of data breaches are due to internal factors; and
  • 21% are the result of espionage.

Currently there is no indication that the risks of data breaches is being abated. Is there any way to reduce or prevent data breaches?

Backups

Most of the time, data breaches result in corruption of stored information. This is more damaging than data being stolen. Why? Because this could mean the loss of years and years of accumulated information that serves as the foundation of your organization.

This is where the ability to deliver the right type of backup procedures become excessively important. You need to make sure that your service provider is capable of supporting not only the expansion of your business, but also restoration of your data in case of corruption resulting from breaches.

Physical Location

As Cloud technology delivers the luxury of accessing data online, it is important to make sure that your data is protected not only virtually, but also physically. A service provider that has multiple storage locations will help protect you against data breaches because it becomes harder to identify where the actual data is being stored. More importantly, multiple data locations translate to making it more difficult to identify what physical server to breach. If possible, you should inspect the physical storage location of the service provider for your own peace of mind.

Disaster Recovery

Data breaches are man-made disasters that can strike your organization any time. It is your responsibility to ensure that the service provider you have has a disaster recovery plan in place that will respond to the worst possible scenario that you can think of. Keep in mind that the real challenge to security is not when everything is quiet, but rather when attacks are coming.

Discuss the disaster recovery plan of your service provider to find out how they respond to data breaches. Go into details on the steps they are taking as well as the mechanisms in place that helps them to thwart any data breach attempt. This is something that you should never assume.

Protecting Accessibility

When your company goes into the Cloud, your data becomes available virtually 24×7. The challenge posed to this availability is the accessibility of the data. How do you make sure that the data can only be accessed by the people who are authorized to do it?

This is something that your service provider should be able to clarify with you. Find out how they can make data available and accessible only to those who have a right to it. This goes beyond mere security protocols, but extends to the manner of authentication and delivery of the data. Keep in mind that data can still be breached during transmission. So what are their safeguards against these?

Contact Keycom Cloud to truly take advantage of Cloud technology without the fear of data breaches, you need a secure website hosting that has all the right mechanisms in place.

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