How to Keep Data Secure When Working on the Cloud

Cyberthreats constitute an existential threat to businesses that rely on digital platforms and consumer data to achieve their profits. A ransomware attack, leaving your IT infrastructure down, can result in thousands of dollars of damage. A data leak, however, can have irreparable consequences for your brand, losing you the trust that is essential in all business. In this article, you’ll learn about how to secure data in the cloud, keeping it safe from developing cyber threats, and ensuring customers continue to trust you with their private data. 

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Cloud Security 

There are several different providers of cloud cybersecurity, and each of them has plus points and negative points. It’s worth shopping around, or asking your IT team to look for you, in order to find the best deal for your firm. Ultimately, you’re not looking to protect your cloud-based data on the cheap: it’s worth spending extra for extra protection when you work on the cloud. Buy the best package to suit your firm and ensure your IT team knows exactly how to monitor it over the coming weeks and months. 

Understand the Cloud

One of the problems within companies that have transitioned onto the cloud in recent months has been explaining to their workers how it works. For those workers who are not digital natives, and are aged perhaps 35 and over, the cloud is difficult to understand, or to take seriously. It’s these workers who might invite malware, ransomware, or other phishing software into your cloud system, which can have a devastating impact on your firm. As such, getting Google cloud platform certification, and asking your workers to undergo this short but useful training session, will help you protect against the biggest threats to your cloud-based data this year.

Data Protection Protocols

You should always, as a company, be following best-practice protocols when it comes to data protection. Happily, there’s plenty of information online to help you do this. Resources range from guidance from the regulator in the EU, the US, and elsewhere, all the way to cybersecurity consulting firms, who are looking to ensure that your data is as protected as possible. The only way you can be sure that you’re doing enough to protect your data is to follow all the rules and the guidance and to be vigilant for any developing threats on your cloud-based servers. 


It’s true that the cloud allows all of your staff to access the documents they need online. But it’s also true that they don’t need complete access to the troves of information that your company owns. They only need access to the documents that are important to them. As such, set permissions on your cloud folders and only allow certain data-protection-trained employees access to customer data or sensitive company data. By doing this, you’ll help to prevent leaks from your workers of the most important and sensitive files that you have on record on the cloud.

Use these four simple tips to protect the data owned and stored by your company this year. 

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