As technology advances and new business opportunities arise, the interest of hackers and cloud security also follows closely behind. Employees taking basic precautions can keep your business data safe.

This blog contains some simple, yet unexpectedly ignored tips for protecting your data.

Use strong passwords

This is a basic security precaution that everyone should be undertaking, but you’d be surprised how many people still have their password as ‘password’. In 2013 a list of the 25 worst passwords to use was published, which included:

  1. cloud security123456
  2. password
  3. 12345678
  4. qwerty
  5. abc123
  6. 123456789
  7. 111111
  8. 1234567
  9. iloveyou
  10. adobe123
  11. 123123
  12. admin
  13. 1234567890
  14. letmein
  15. photoshop
  16. 1234
  17. monkey
  18. shadow
  19. sunshine
  20. 12345
  21. password1
  22. princess
  23. azerty
  24. trustno1
  25. 000000

Passwords are not enough

Cyber-attacks are on the rise in 2015 and a password is not enough. Your business should implement a strong two-factor authentication process (2FA) into the organisation. An example of two factor authentication is receiving a text with a code after entering your password. The user would have to have access to the code and the password to log into the account.

For more information on implementing 2FA in your organisation you can read our blog on two-factor authentication here.

Know where your data is being held

Knowing where your data is being held is a necessity in order to protect it. Understanding where your information is physically located enables you to stay on the right side of data-residency regulations and allows you to understand to what extent your data is safe guarded. For example, legislation such as the US Patriot Act can come into force if your data is stored in America or affiliated with an American company.

Back up your data and always have a contingency plan

Imagine going on a cruise ship without a life raft or skydiving without a parachute. If you valued your safety it just wouldn’t happen. Having backups of your data is always a good idea, even if they are just simply tape backups. Your cloud provider would be able to inform you on the best way to protect your data in the event of an incident, where options can include replicating your data to a second data centre location.

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