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Don’t forget security when using the cloud

The cloud

In recent years, the cloud has become a vital and integral part of business life. Many companies would no longer know how to cope without it! Ease of use and unlimited storage all make cloud based businesses appealing. IT management is much easier with the cloud and maintenance is taken care of. Many businesses and clients find it easier and more flexible. Moreover, it keeps forward thinking companies ahead of the curve. However, it is very important that companies remember to take care of cyber security when using cloud computing.


With the advent of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) looming this May, cyber security is more vital than ever. The imminent arrival of GDPR will increase emphasis on privacy for consumers. Cloud computing can sometimes make it tricky for businesses to determine what is happening with their data. Under GDPR, ignorance is not a defence, and companies can face heavy fines for non-compliance. Businesses must be aware that GDPR will be very particular about why data is being stored. For instance, data cannot be used for a purpose that the consumer has not agreed to. If this happens, the business will likely be in breach of GDPR. Therefore, the use of a vast online database can be a potential minefield without proper security measures in place.

Avoiding security breaches

Occasionally, there have been breaches of cloud security. Many worldwide companies have suffered such as Uber, iCloud, and Dropbox. Hackers have been able to steal sensitive personal data like names, email addresses, phone numbers and photographs. Clearly, there are benefits and drawbacks of cloud computing. Most large cloud providers will have a dedicated security team. However, smaller companies without these resources should be mindful and vigilant regarding the cloud. Therefore, it is very important to protect data with encryption, passwords and emphasis on confidentiality.

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