For small businesses, the cloud is a simple and low cost method of maintaining an effective IT infrastructure.

Unfortunately, adoption is hindered by a rumoured lack of cloud security. For SMEs the cloud is actually, in fact, a much safer alternative to other low-cost IT solutions. Here are four additional measures that small businesses can take to ensure that cloud data is secure.

Review your passwords

Cloud securityCreating a unique, complex password is the first step to securing your data and it may seem like an obvious statement, but you’d be surprised how many people still use ‘password’ as their password. Many individuals also fail to create a unique username and password for each account, so if you use the same information it’s certainly not going to end well.

Opt for 2FA

Two factor authentication (also known as 2FA) requires users to have a second method of authentication before logging into an account. Examples of 2FA include getting an email code, a text code or a phone call to verify your identity before logging in.

Assess risk and select data

Before you put any information on the cloud, look at your organisation and its information. It’s important that you know what information your business wouldn’t be able to run without and what it could live without. From this information, you can then choose the right level of security for your business.

Always backup

Unfortunately, outages and accidents happen so it’s important to have a plan in place to ensure that data is safe no matter what. Backing up this information is a step in the right direction and depending on your cloud service, backups to a separate secure location could be included in the price.

If you’d like any more information on how to securely migrate to the cloud, contact a member of the virtualDCS team on +44 03453 888 327.

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