Every new technology brings with it a host of advantages as well as vulnerabilities. As long as innovation continues to push businesses forward, there always will be those who seek to subvert it for their own ends. For example, one of the most exciting IT developments in recent years has been cloud computing. Because it allows companies to migrate their information infrastructure to off-site servers, it provides a great deal of flexibility and efficiency. They can access data virtually anywhere and at any time, without needing to maintain their own costly server networks. However, the price of that freedom is vigilance, as companies must be aware of how to mitigate the security risks that come with the cloud. Fortunately, there are some steps they can take to ensure their assets will be safely maintained.
For instance, using a VPN to connect to your provider’s network can add an extra layer of safety. Strong passwords and two-factor authentication offer increased protection as well. And companies that invest in effective identity-access management programs also are more successful at insulating themselves from harm.
The excitement over new technologies must always be tempered with a cautious understanding of their risks. For more helpful tips about cloud security, see the accompanying guide.
Author bio: Katherine Palac is Director of Marketing at Column Information Security. Palac has focused on global B2B marketing and communications strategy for 20 years, primarily in the professional services, financial services and technology spaces.