How to protect your data in the cloud

In a highly connected world, data is worth more than gold, and criminals know it. So everyone from individuals to companies to government agencies have to go the extra mile to ensure privacy and security.

Cybercrime doesn’t discriminate. Bad actors don’t see your race, religion, socioeconomic background, or care if you’re an individual or an organization. No matter where you are at this very moment, you might be vulnerable to a data breach.

In January 2019 alone, a whopping 1,769,185,063 records were compromised in a breach. If that wasn’t bad enough, ransomware attacks are expected to cost enterprises and government agencies as much as $11.5 billion this year.

The impact of these criminal activities will be far-reaching. According to Juniper Research, the global financial cost of cybercrime is expected to exceed $2 trillion by the end of 2019. But it can be so much more as victims of data breaches can later go on to experience identity theft.

If your organization is like most modern digitally transformed companies, you’ll be running your business and operations on the cloud. So in this scenario, how would you about protecting your valuable digital assets? Let’s take a look.

Deploy military-grade encryption

As the cloud has now grown into a centralized foundation for enterprises, it’s a highly attractive target for hackers. As a result, you can’t afford to take any security shortcuts in the cloud.

To minimize your exposure to risk, companies must implement data security protocol components like the following:

  • Physical security
  • Networking
  • Multi-factor authentication
  • Firewalls
  • Backup

You also have to ensure that your data is encrypted whether it’s on the physical server, on the cloud server, or in a virtual data center. When you add multiple layers of protection, your cloud data can become impenetrable like Fort Knox.

Whenever all your data is protected by AES 256-BIT XTS encryption, you’ve achieved military-grade protection. In this scenario, your data will be encrypted where it lives, and while it’s moving around your network.

Take advantage of data safe havens

Encryption can help protect your data in the cloud from cybercriminals, but what about government agencies?

All around the world, governments are using terrorism as an excuse to get around cloud security protocols to snoop on just about anyone. This has created a demand for data safe havens like Switzerland (where data is protected by robust Swiss law).

So if you need to keep your data safe and away from all possible prying eyes, a safe data haven will be necessary to achieve complete cloud security.

At Artmotion, we provide both military-grade encryption and a safe data haven for your business-critical information. To learn more, reach out to one of our in-house cloud security professionals.

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