The cloud has its benefits, but implementing security measures is imperative
Cloud computing has been growing in popularity as businesses and consumers realise its potential as a cost-saving measure that can boost productivity and enhance data sharing processes.
But as the virtual world is increasingly used to store files, transfer information and support a business’s operations, there are also concerns over the security of the technology given that the web can leave documents vulnerable to being exposed by online criminals.
So as companies attempt to take advantage of the cloud without making any sacrifices on the data protection front, one expert explains that encryption is the key.
"The cloud introduces a whole new range of problems," says Tony McDowell, managing director of Encription.co.uk.
"If you’re an SME (small to medium-sized enterprise) and sign up to a cloud system, is the data – which previously was staying within your organisation – when it goes to the cloud, is it encrypted? If it is encrypted, what level is it encrypted to?"
Yet considering that there’s no invariably flawless means to guarantee that the cloud’s encryption capabilities are able to serve their purpose without exception, backing up files may also be a good idea as this can help businesses deal with any sudden emergencies.
Indeed, companies are required by law to take sufficient steps to protect any sensitive information that they store, and failing to comply with regulations can leave them prone to extensive fines and further legal action.
This could be the case for hotel group Wyndham Worldwide, as Reuters reports that three US regulators have filed a complaint against the organisation for allowing a breach which is said to have led to more than $10 million (£6.4 million) being lost to fraud.
With businesses increasingly relying on the cloud and online services, ensuring that they are properly protected when doing so is clearly vital to maintaining continuity.