How Secure is The Cloud?
At its most basic, the cloud refers to any type of software or service that isn’t located on your personal computer or devices but instead runs on the internet. The files, photos, videos that you save on cloud services are stored on the servers of third parties. You can then access these files whenever you’re using a device that’s connected to the internet.
Cloud storage is very safe for a few reasons. Firstly, servers are usually located in warehouses that most workers don’t have access to. Secondly, the files stored on the cloud are encrypted which makes it harder for cybercriminals to access.
Here are some of the measures that cloud providers frequently use to protect your data.
Consistent Security Updates
When you store your data in the cloud, the companies overseeing the servers consistently update their security measures. Therefore, you won’t have to worry about forgetting to run an update which can often happen when business use their own servers.
Cloud providers rely on firewalls to help protect your files. These firewalls apply rules to the traffic coming into a network and are designed to filter out any suspicious traffic. This makes is more difficult for hackers to slip viruses or malware past the security measure used by your cloud service provider.
Third-part Security Testing
Cloud providers often hire out security companies to test their servers and software regularly to make sure they’re safe from hackers and cyber criminals. This helps to ensure the server is secure and any issues can be spotted and resolved.
AI Tools and Auto-patch Testing
Cloud providers can use AI to tackle the first level of security analysis. These programmes rely on built-in algorithms to seek out and identify possible vulnerabilities in security measures. Therefore, any weaknesses can be found and resolved before cyber criminals take advantage of them.
However, as with everything in IT, the cloud is not 100% secure and if hackers really want to get hold of information stored on the cloud, they will find a way. But there are extra steps you can take to help keep your data secure and significantly reduce the risk of an attack.
Enable Two-Factor Authentication
Two Factor Authentication protects your entry point to something such as your login to your email, or your online banking. It makes it more difficult for hackers to access your accounts even if they know your password. It works by requiring multiple things in order to login. Usually at least two of the following three:
- Something you know – i.e. a password
- Something you are – i.e. a fingerprint
- Something you have – i.e. a one/me pin generated by a keyring device or an app on your phone.