How to minimize risk when working on the cloud

Technology is here to stay, that’s a fact. It’s therefore vital for each and every person using general tech to figure out how to work with it and minimize over dependence on other ‘IT experts’ for their day to day tech needs.

This article will focus in cloud computing which we have covered extensively over the past couple of months. In this edition, we intend to give you a step by step breakdown on basic things you can do on you end either as an individual or a business to protect your data on the cloud and minimize some of the risks associated with cloud computing. These are practical solutions that don’t really require you to be tech savvy.

Step 1: Understand the risks

The very first step when minimizing risks associated with cloud computing is developing a better understanding the risks. A proper understanding of the threats you face will enable you to better figure out how to mitigate them. Make it a point to do extensive research as well as consultation with your service provider so as to increase you level of understanding.

Step 2: Educate your team

One of the security measures set up on the cloud is that of authenticating users through their secure credentials. It’s important to educate your team on the importance of keeping their unique access credentials secure and refraining from sharing them with anyone no matter how trusted they may be. This will help your team be cautious about exposing your system from external breaches.

Step 3: Due diligence on service providers is key

Before signing up with a service provider for cloud computing, it’s very important for you to perform your due diligence. Thanks to the internet, it’s very easy to find out their security history and reputation, access references and customer reviews, get know about any security vulnerabilities they may have, as well as whether they meet current industry standards and how they are ranked in this respect. Once you are satisfied with the information you have, be sure to double check it with an IT expert.

Step 4: Make use of a Single Sign-on (SSO) for your organization

The reality about cloud based systems is that organizations may be forced to use multiple cloud services for their various operations. What this means is that an organization may be tempted to have unique credentials for all these platforms. This however is discouraged because the more the credentials a single staff has, the more they are likely to expose them to potential intruders. It’s logical that a staff member may want to note down their many passwords because it’s impossible to memorize them all. This means that someone else may be able to access these credentials and hack into your system. Having an SSO basically means that your staff will not need many different credentials to access the system and instead can only have one which they can easily memorize thus limiting risks of exposure.

With technology comes risks but as long as you are proactive in migrating them, you’ll be at a much better position moving forward. It becomes much cheaper for you and your business to have internal mechanisms of mitigation as opposed to spending money to get external assistance.

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