The emergence of cloud computing has revolutionized the business world by introducing first class products primarily comprised of three services: Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Software as a Service (SaaS). However, with all of the speed, efficiencies, and innovations that cloud computing offers, there are, naturally, risks…the cloud has also widened the opportunity for cyber attacks to gain access to your data.
Fortunately, there are solutions and tools available for safe cloud computing. Employing a reputable IT company to maintain your network and data storage coupled with advances in technology like dual factor authentication, for instance, can allow your organization to benefit from cloud computing without risking your company or customer data.
EXECUTE DIGITAL SECURITY SOFTWARE
As a solid foundation, you will need one or a combination of different digital security software programs to protect your company from viruses, malware and spyware. Additionally, it’s wise to enable a Firewall and enact a reminder plan to periodically backup your data and systems.
The integration of these tools and implementing these actions helps your organization detect and address invasions and vulnerabilities within your systems.
BE AWARE OF HTTP, HTTPS & TLS SECURITY CERTIFICATES
TLS stands for Transport Layer Security: A type of digital security that allows encrypted communication between a website and a web browser and it ensures data privacy. HTTPS is a secure extension of HTTP. Websites that install and configure a TLS certificate can use the HTTPS protocol to establish a secure connection with the server.
It is always advisable to guarantee the protection of your sites by means of adopting TLS certificates because they provide an additional layer of security. TLS certificates work by digitally tying a cryptographic key to a company’s identifying information. This allows them to encrypt data transfers in such a way that they can’t be unscrambled by third parties. In the same measure, this action enhances confidence and security in the flow of communications between users and servers.
Similarly, all browsers provide public information about the digital security of the page you’re surfing via HTTP/HTTPS certificates. Train your team to exclusively navigate secure pages, you can tell when a website is using one because you’ll see a little padlock icon next to the URL in the address bar.
ENABLE MOBILE DEVICE MANAGEMENT
Mobile devices are a prime vector of attack. Whether it’s through unauthorized access or unauthorized users, you can protect your data and your business by strengthening your mobile devices security.
Having the ability to perform Automatic OTA Updates ensures your devices are always up-to-date by pushing the latest updates through one platform, increasing security and lowering the costs of one-off or not-yet updates. Lost or stolen devices are an unfortunate fact with a connected workforce and the benefit of Remote Device Wiping ensures that even if a device falls into the wrong hands, access to your network and data remain secure. Allowing connected workers to use their devices can be an appropriate business decision and Bring Your Own Device Security Solutions can help enforce your security policies on any device, anywhere.
APPLY PASSWORD MANAGEMENT & EXTERNAL CONNECTION AUTHENTICATION SOFTWARE
Today’s digital era is witnessing the number of web services used by individuals increasing year-over-year and it’s also offering challenges in securing passwords, many adopt the bad habit of recycling security keys and passwords; thus opening the door to cyber crime. The most common threats to protecting our passwords are Login Spoofing, Sniffing, Shoulder Surfing and Brute Force Attacks
Simply introducing software for key and password management; tokenization and authentication of connections you minimize their associated risks.
EMPLOY CLOUD STORAGE SERVICES & VPN CONNECTIONS
Cloud storage services and VPNs go hand in hand, especially when there’s a need for more security online. While most popular cloud storage services are indeed safe and secure adding VPNs can provide an extra layer of protection, particularly if you are handling sensitive data.
Nowadays, using virtual private networks (VPNs) over unsecured connections is quite common and quite dangerous, but connecting to the cloud over a public WiFi connection makes the user vulnerable to data theft. This is because public connections aren’t secured and hackers can and will steal unprotected data like exposed passwords, personal identifying information or confidential bank details. However, if the user is connected to the cloud through a VPN, the data will be encrypted and those prying eyes will only see jumbled up letters and numbers that amount to nothing. Simply put, VPNs make it safe to use cloud storage services from anywhere and via any ISP.
While they each on their own provide known benefits combining VPN connections and Cloud services offer an additional layer of digital security that proves nearly infallible.
Have you ever wondered if you need to enhance the digital security of your company? This question opens the door to a wide range of options and questions on how it will impact operations, and budget.
Communications Concierge offers tailored solutions consisting of one, more or all of the above security measures.
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