The opportunity for businesses to move mission-critical data and even whole parts of their IT infrastructure to cloud-hosted services has opened a world of possibilities. Before the introduction of cloud computing, new ways of working, such as a whole team interacting in real time on a single document or employees in different countries working together seamlessly, would not have been possible.
This increased convenience, however, has also resulted in an increase in risk. It was much easier to control and track who was accessing which data, why, and when they did so if only the people physically in your office had access to it. Since that data is now in the cloud, it can theoretically be accessed from any computer, anywhere in the world. As a result, protecting the data and IT infrastructure in the cloud has become critical for any company that values its security.
How Can Carden IT Services Help?
Users of the cloud are responsible for the protection of their data in the cloud, while cloud providers are responsible for the security of the cloud platform itself. In other words, it is your responsibility, not the cloud vendor’s, if anyone discovers your password and leaks your data from the cloud.
Fortunately, Carden IT Services is not just a cloud service specialist, but also a cybersecurity expert! We will assist you in establishing a security-first cloud environment.
Here are some of the techniques we employ to keep your cloud platform safe:
1. Two Factor Authentication
2FA stands for Two-Factor Authentication, and it refers to gaining access to your data using a secondary piece of information in addition to your regular username/email combination. After entering your password, you may be required to enter a code sent to your phone number via text message. With 2FA enabled, a n intruder will need your username and password, as well as physical access to your phone, to be able to gain access to your data.
2. Password Managers
Just because an intruder will need more than your password to gain access does not mean your password does not matter. It is still important to create a password that is as safe as possible. Carden IT Services will assist you in correctly setting up a password manager (such as LastPass or 1Password) that will automatically create and store unique, strong passwords for you.
3. Restricting Access by IP
By restricting access to your cloud services to only the known and trusted IP addresses you can eliminate many of the security risks of cloud services. It should be noted that while your office will likely have business broadband and as such will have a static IP address, many home users will not have this and so may need to login to your cloud services via a VPN.
These are just a few of the techniques we employ to keep your data safe in the cloud. If you have concerns about the security of your cloud services or have yet to take the plunge into the world of cloud technology, contact a member of our team today for a free review of your company’s IT and cybersecurity.