Cloud-based solutions are in high demand. In fact, Gartner predicts the global public cloud services market to reach $206.2 billion in 2019.

But, while cloud-based solutions continue to grow, Gartner also says cloud-computing ranks as one of the primary cyber security concerns for executives.

As a result, cyber security must be a main priority for businesses utilizing cloud storage. Below, we explain how businesses utilize cloud storage and provide several cyber security solutions you can use to keep your business data protected.

What is Cloud Storage?

Cloud storage is an outsourced service that helps maintain an organization’s data. Rather than storing data on local hard drives, users store information on remote Internet-connected servers managed by data centers.

One common example of cloud storage is Google Drive. Instead of saving every file to a hard drive on a device, Google Drive syncs with the cloud so every document is accessible for authorized employees through an internet-connected device.

Is Cloud Storage Secure?

One key advantage of cloud storage is the heightened level of security. Most cloud storage providers implement standard protections, such as passwords and encryption. But, as cloud storage becomes more common, businesses should complement these protections with additional security measures. This includes:

  • Enabling multifactor identification. This security enhancement requires more than one credential when logging into an account. Users must obtain at least two different types of credentials, like a password and a fingerprint.
  • Disabling automatic uploads. Avoid transferring data on unprotected networks.
  • Password protecting your business network. Update your Wi-Fi password regularly, and don’t give it out freely. Also, if you select a cloud solution that uses a password, choose one that's difficult to hack and change it often.
  • Installing anti-virus software on your devices. Also, regularly check for updates to ensure you have the latest hacker-preventing security patches.
  • Researching cloud storage providers before you buy. Read reviews and ask questions about encryption policies, host options, back up and recovery plans, data center certifications and bandwidth limitations to ensure you are getting a reliable solution. Consider contacting your local security vendor for help when searching for a cloud solution.

Education is key when it comes to properly securing your business data. Take time to learn about how the technology works and stay up to date with the latest security trends with our business security blog.