We’ve taken a look together at Cloud-based systems and how they can help businesses of all sizes be much more secure, more flexible, and more efficient. However, despite how many advantages one can list off about Cloud-based systems, there are always concerns about how to make the move to the Cloud in the first place. It can require some work, so here are the considerations you need to make.
Make sure you know what Cloud you’re moving to
There are different kinds of Cloud systems available. To know how safe your data is going to be and what data you should entrust to the Cloud, you need to know the difference between them. For instance, a public Cloud is highly accessible and likely to be less expensive than a private Cloud, but it’s also not as safe. Furthermore, look to see if your chosen Cloud provider has any recent breaches that you should be concerned about. The more recent and the larger the scale, the more you should consider a different provider.
Ensure a swift and seamless data migration
Most likely the reason that you’re moving to the Cloud in the first place is that you have a lot of data that you want to make sure is as well protected from risk as possible. However, data transfers can be risky, and if not handled well, you can lose some in the process. If that’s a concern, consider using database migration services from technicians who are used to making such large transitions of data. They can make sure an orderly, scheduled migration is planned which double-checks on both sides to assure you that your data made the journey without a hitch.
Create new best practices for Cloud usage
The Cloud can be a lot more secure than traditional data storage because it’s only accessible to those who have the right login details. As such, teaching effective password security to your team is essential. Using a business password manager can help, as well. Another security tip well worth teaching them is to never use public networks to access the Cloud, even if those networks are “secured”, as the password for them may be much more accessible than you think.
Test the Cloud
Penetration testing, also known as ethical hacking, is one of the most important steps in any business plan for digital security. It is effectively about testing the security strength of systems you rely on, finding their weaknesses, and doing what you can to strengthen them. Your Cloud provider should have their own penetration testing, and should have incident response tools as well, to make sure that any potential breaches or suspicious behaviors are tracked, recorded, and acted upon as quickly as possible. The more sensitive the data you need to migrate to the Cloud, the more seriously they should take their security.
Moving to the Cloud is not always a simple solution, especially if you have a lot of data to move over. However, it is ultimately the right move in many cases, so you should consider putting forward a road map on the transition to Cloud-based data storage.