We are always looking for ways to keep our data safe in this information age. And the latest way to store information is in the cloud. For those who don’t know, this is a way you can store data remotely rather than on your own device. It cuts IT costs drastically while also speeding up operations. But how safe is it to save data remotely? Most have not made the leap of faith yet to cloud computing.
You are entrusting a third party to oversee your data and keep it safe. But you are giving up control of your data when you do this. What happens if disaster strikes? Your data could be lost, corrupted, or even stolen.
You would assume that the third party is responsible for your data and ensuring that nothing goes wrong. And they might make promises that it’s safe, but it’s still your data. Therefore it’s your responsibility.
These sure are some pretty severe risks to using cloud computing software. It’s no wonder not many have made the leap of faith yet. So what possibly could be so great about cloud computing software that would have people use it if they have to worry about data breaches like this?
In short, data encryption is used by cloud software to prevent any sort of data breach. The data is encrypted while in transit and while sitting on the cloud storage servers. And a cloud service that offers you the ability to set the encryption keys and have control over who can and cannot see the data is going to be key in controlling the safety of data while on the cloud.
Storing data on the cloud prevents you from being susceptible to a data breach when you need to share your data with someone else. So when you’re emailing files back and forth you’re at risk. However, giving people access to data in the cloud keeps it safer, especially if the company you contract with is using encryption software – as they should be.
What happens when your employee walks out of your place of business with your data stored on a disc or USB drive? You run the risk of that disk or USB drive going missing or becoming destroyed. That certainly isn’t a safe way to keep your data. But with cloud storage giving you the ability to access your data from any location, this eliminates the need for disc storage and USB drives being used to store data, making the data safe from loss or damage.
Cloud services often have backups of backups of backups of your data. This is something a company likely could not emulate on their own because of the cost of keeping data safe in many different locations. Cloud servers however have the ability to store your data in multiple locations so you can access it at any time.
Using the cloud keeps your data much more organized. If you have multiple employees storing important data that you need to have access to, keeping it on the cloud will keep it much more organized. No more data scatter and time spent searching for where you stored something. If you have your data on the cloud and have all of your employees storing data there, then you will have no problem seeing the data you need when you need it.
While cloud computing has its pitfalls, if you do your homework and find a reputable service that can meet your needs in safety and accessibility, then you shouldn’t have anything to worry about with your data. You might even find that it’s one of the best things you could have done for storing your data.