No business is completely immune to attack. But if you apply the strongest and most wide-ranging tactics to fight off potential invasions, you’re more likely to discourage such attempts and minimize any damage that might occur.

Among the most effective data security techniques for businesses that utilize the cloud are:

Devising difficult-to-guess passwords

Most professionals know better than to use “password” or a similarly obvious word to encrypt their computers and accounts. But the most secure passwords incorporate several characteristics to deter hackers, including lower- and upper-case letters, numbers, and special symbols. They should also include 10 or more characters.

Providing limited access

Staff members and third-party cloud vendors alike should have access only to the data they need to perform their jobs. Discuss the management of encryption keys with your provider to ensure access is limited to the right individuals at the right times.

Backing up sensitive files

While file sharing and syncing are effective ways to back up documents, they should not replace the use of external devices. By backing up files virtually and physically, you can all but guarantee your firm will have access to its data even in the event of system crashes or attacks.

Separating personal from corporate data

This principle should go without saying in a professional environment, but data security presents an additional reason to observe it. Whether your business features a “Bring Your Own Device” (BYOD) culture or not, you need to communicate clearly with employees about what information can and cannot be stored on personal devices, as well as what encryption methods are required.

Implement a strong encryption plan

From mobile devices to PCs to cloud storage solutions, every place a business stores private data should have the highest level of encryption possible. Passwords, zip files, and encryption software help keep information in the right hands … and out of any hackers’ reach.

Keep sensitive materials out of the cloud

To be honest, no cloud storage location is completely fail-proof, so trade secrets and other extremely sensitive data should be stored elsewhere. Until cloud providers can offer comparable levels of security to what is available on an internal business server, they may not be worth the risk for some data.

Physical locks, fences, and simple security measures are no longer adequate to protect the valuable information your business generates and maintains. As hackers continue to develop increasingly sophisticated ways to invade your data storage, being proactive with advanced security measures is vital for keeping data in the right hands … and your company on the right track. Learn more on cloud products and how to keep your data safe on CUE Marketplace.

CUE drew inspiration from the article “6 Steps to Keeping Your Company Data Secure in the Cloud, which was posted and authored by Drew Hendricks. Check out the original version here.