One of the best ways to avoid security issues is to have a proactive approach. That’s true whether you have applications in the cloud or not. Sandra Lambert at Tech.Co recently wrote a piece on the lessons startups can learn about cloud security. It’s great advice, but it shouldn’t stop at startups – there are applicable tidbits and benefits for businesses of all sizes, from tiny two-person operations to the enterprise.
Keep your data safe
Of course, this is a big reason why strong cloud security is important. Not only will you ensure that an outsider will be unable to access your cloud, you’ll also keep employees from accessing files they shouldn’t be able to. Particularly at the enterprise level, there are going to be files that all employees won’t need to access. Having all those hands in the proverbial cookie jar only heightens the risk of something going wrong.
This is why data monitoring is so important. Having an MSP or another monitoring system in place will free up your IT staff’s time to focus on other endeavors. You’ll also know that your programs are always up to date, which means you’re protected from the most recent viruses. Finally, if you’re using a system within the cloud, it’ll be able to scan to any device that’s connected to the cloud. Any computer, laptop, smartphone, tablet or other device you own will also be protected. For the enterprise, where smartphones often go hand-in-hand with laptops, that’s a great benefit. Executives can also take a look at the data from these programs and find out if any employees need a refresher on safe usage practices.
Utilize your storage
When a business first migrates to the cloud, they’re often in awe of all the extra space they have. Since tablets and smartphones in particular have limited storage space, you could theoretically store 100 percent of your programs and files within the cloud, keeping your devices’ hard drives as good as new.
The cloud will also sync files to all connected devices and create backups. If you accidentally delete something on one device, you can rest easy knowing it’s not gone forever. What’s more, the cloud is fully automatic in areas like updating software, so anytime there’s a new patch for a product, the cloud does the updating for you – no need to worry about using versions with known vulnerabilities.
Stay cost effective
The cost savings between the cloud and a managed service provider versus on-premises is quite staggering. Since cloud computing removes the need for owning large hard drives and other storage options – not to mention the need for buying software for your devices – a secured cloud ends up saving the enterprise money. At Datapipe, our billing system is totally transparent with no hidden costs.
Additionally, the cloud provides more flexibility for a business. It’s frustrating to buy equipment that barely ends up getting used, or to find yourself limited by a lack of equipment. Particularly at the enterprise level, the ability to scale quickly is important. With the cloud, you’re able to buy additional storage when you need it, and you can reduce your projects and infrastructure when things slow down. In today’s world, a company must be agile. The cloud allows that agility to happen.
Improved life for remote workers
As more companies offer remote policies for their workers, the importance of staying connected grows even larger. As long as they have an Internet connection, employees can access the latest, most up-to-date information from the cloud. For those who travel often or work remotely, it’s a lot easier to stay in the loop. Enterprises must make sure all employees are briefed on safe cloud practices so that they can take advantage of what the cloud has to offer.