• Jim Finnerty

3 Common Risks to Cloud Data Integrity and Security

The cloud represents a lot of great opportunities for businesses. Especially businesses that need to digitize their data because they need to save physical space, maintain long-term data integrity, and abide by regulatory frameworks. But like any security solution, it comes with its own drawbacks.

We’ve already covered some of these risks in previous posts, but today we’re going to outline the three most common risks to data integrity and security in the cloud.

1. Catastrophic Failure

We’ve discussed questions that you should ask your cloud security provider. These are questions you really should ask. Here’s the TL;DR version:

Ask about what happens to your data availability during a catastrophic failure of any sort. What happens when their cloud facilities get hit by lightning? What happens when an earthquake destroys several key servers?

Cascading failures can and do happen in computer systems. But what’s even more important is preparing for these failures and having a backup plan.

Planning for the worst allows you time to prepare for such a failure, rather than coming up with a reactionary solution. When you know what happens after a massive system failure, you’ll be prepared for whatever comes your way.

2. Malicious Actors

It sounds scary, but a malicious actor can be almost anyone. It could be someone that falls for a classic phishing scam or an employee committing a serious data breach.

Malicious actors can definitely cripple a security system, but we have a solution.

We’re big advocates of Zero Trust security. And what’s Zero Trust? The short version: Assume that you, your employees, and your vendors won’t always do the right thing.

It’s a guideline that we’ve followed for security. This doesn’t mean looking over your shoulder. It’s about designing your security in a way that ensures human error will never be a security risk.

3. Exposure

When you take your data online, you get all the conveniences and risks associated with taking your data into the cloud. But the biggest risk is simply having your data out there. With only minimal protection, your data is ripe for the taking.

In the Equifax breach, the files that were stolen were unencrypted files. Once the hackers had the passwords, they were able to access a trove of incredibly personal and private information.

So, limit your exposure to risk. Minimize the availability of your data to only those who need it.

Final Thoughts

Even though there are a lot of risks with moving to the cloud, the risks clearly outweigh the benefits so long as proper precautions are taken.

So, to ensure better cloud data integrity and security, be especially vigilant for these three common risks:

Catastrophic failure, malicious actors, and exposure.

By limiting your exposure, using a Zero Trust system to foil malicious actors, and having a plan for a catastrophic failure, you can move your data in the cloud with confidence.

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