Is the cloud secure?
Do you feel worried about leaving your data at the hands of a machine?
Perhaps it’s the feeling of not having control over it or just not seeing it with your own eyes.
But using the ‘cloud’ to store your data is much more secure than any physical server.
So, to bust some myths, here’s some more information about how the cloud works – and why you should consider using it in your business.
The cloud is basically someone else’s computer. Instead of having a physical piece of equipment that stores all your secure company information, that’s all taken and put up behind a layer of encryption and security in a virtual land.
It’s easier to trick someone into clicking a link – sent by a hacker – than hacking into a protected system.
To put it another way, your employees can easily click on a phishing email (an email used to trick information out of you) that exposes your data than someone hacking into the system directly.
And by the same token, navigating beyond layers of security (the cloud) is much more difficult than swiping someone’s hard drive too.
The dinner plate theory
Imagine taking a big plate out of your cupboard and smashing it on the floor. And the plate represents your file.
Tiny pieces of your china fly across the room.
Now, think of those little fragments as pieces of the file. Then place these pieces all over the room. Those locations are the servers. If someone tries to break into one server, all they have is different pieces of data – rather than the full plate.
And that’s where having your information in the cloud (which stores your whole server in one) can give you piece of mind. They can’t get the full picture.
Follow the leaders
Big businesses like Microsoft, Amazon, Google and Dropbox store their company data on their own systems which is now called the cloud.
They realise that complex encrypted security software is a much better alternative (and more cost-effective) than putting their physical servers in an office.
So if you’re a growing business, perhaps it’s time to consider the cloud as a way to help move your business forward.