Taking your business into the Cloud is seen as a smart move, your business becomes more efficient, your staff are happier and more productive and your data is safe and accessible. While these points are true, and your data is safe from an office fire or your dusty old servers failing, is it always safe in the Cloud?
There are 3 common issues that could potentially be impacting the security of your data depending on your cloud provider. These issues are easy to check and can be found in either your contract or by speaking with your provider. Below are 3 issues that could be impacting your data security in the Cloud.
Location of servers
Location is a really important factor for Cloud storage. Remember that although it’s called the Cloud, there still needs to be some a physical location with servers storing your data. These are called Server Farms and more often than not, are located in countries that have low operational costs and lax laws around privacy and data sovereignty.
Some providers keep their servers in countries where it’s cheaper to run and maintain them but these countries are often susceptible to natural or man-made disasters. The other issue are the privacy and ownership laws in the country where the servers are kept.
Following on from the threat of disaster, you need to ensure that if something bad does happen (fingers crossed it doesn't!) there is a Disaster Recovery Plan in action.
Make sure your provider is utilising a two-step backup, so that if disaster strikes and wipes out one, the other is still functional and your data is safe. Good Cloud Providers will have two separate data centres in different locations that continuously backup your data.
It is important to know that you retain ownership and control of your data. This can be an issue with overseas Server Farms, but it can also be an issue with Cloud Hosting and companies in Australia. There can be some very sneaky terms in fine print in contracts, so make sure you go over it with a fine tooth comb.
These issues can all have huge impacts on the security of your data and should be taken very seriously. The good news is it’s pretty easy to find out if you’re at risk by looking through your contract and speaking to your provider. It’s tempting to think you don’t need to worry about your data once it’s in the Cloud but the truth is it could be just as vulnerable as before.