Cloud data is information processed and stored on the internet. The term cloud is used as a metaphor for the worldwide web. Well, simply because we know our data is there, we just don’t know where exactly. Cloud computing is a term used to describe all data processing and storage done on the internet. Facebook, for example, is a form of a cloud computing service. Your photos and posts are stored on Facebook servers, not on your local device, and we just use the app or website to access and manage them. Other examples are Google services, Google Drive, OneDrive, online games, well, you get the idea.

Cloud computing is as old as the internet and its application and potential also grew along with it. Today, cloud computing services like data management and storage are widely utilized not just by individuals but also by businesses. In fact, many people and organizations are now shifting from local computing to cloud computing. They do so because cloud computing allows them to access information virtually in any capable device as long as there’s an internet connection.

While data needs to be secured on our local computers and network, the same is true to our cloud data. You went miles to establish a secure local system but are you sure your cloud service provider does the same?

Cloud computing security is a bit more challenging than local system security. As cloud computing technology grows, the need for stronger security increases as well. That’s why cloud computing service providers spend a hefty amount of time and resources working on their security layers. Apart from improving features, they need to match it with effective security.

So we, at TrinSecurity Inc., give you the following tips to help you on your cloud computing needs.

  1. Choose your provider wisely. When choosing your cloud computing service provider, apart from checking their features, make sure that they also have good security standing. Take note that no security measure is perfect as cloud computing technology is currently a “work in progress”. It’s good to have options.
  2. Limit the data you process on the cloud. You must know which data you need cloud computing for. You don’t put all your money in the bank right? Some of them are in your wallet or under a stack of shirts in your closet. Assess which data needed cloud processing. Generally, it is not wise to keep highly sensitive data like passwords on the cloud.
  3. Limit access to your cloud data. Aside from identifying which data needs cloud processing, you must also know which personnel is granted access to these data. Does HR personnel need accounting data? Most probably, no. So why give them access to that? If they would need them, which is rare, they can simply request an accounting staff who has access to it to give them the data they need. The fewer people have access to your cloud, the better.
  4. Always have a backup. I repeat, always backup. You never know when disaster comes. So always keep a backup.
  5. Use a multi-factor authentication check. Apart from the common username and password, you can add several security layers like biometrics and optical scans. OTP codes can also be used. Requiring staff to change passwords periodically is also helpful.
  6. Report any possible vulnerability. If you or your IT team discover a potential vulnerability on your cloud computing platform, report it immediately to your provider for them to apply a new security patch. This way, we can work hand in hand with them in securing our data.