Many specialists have affirmed that cloud storage is the technological innovation of the 21st century. There is more than one reason to this, but a relevant one today is: adoption. Other cloud computing benefits includes business efficiencies, cost-benefits, and competitive advantages.
According to a study by the International Data Group performed in 2020, more than half (55%) of organizations currently use multiple public clouds, with 21% saying they use three or more. The results of this year’s study also show that 81% of organizations have at least one portion of their computer infrastructure in the cloud, which is up from 73% vs. 2018, although the elevation may have arisen as a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic and the new global remote-work infrastructure, cloud adoption was nonetheless already underway.
A good quality cloud storage solution allows you and your employees to access files anytime, anywhere. However, there is still an important portion of the population who find cloud storage to be the riskiest cloud app category. At present, security remains the top barrier to cloud adoption, according to the Cloud Security Alliance, making it vital for providers to worry and spend capital making their products secure.
Yet, not all cloud storage providers are the same, especially in security terms. Even though it is important to get a good deal on your enterprise cloud solution, it will always be more important to secure your data and its integrity.
When researching cloud storage providers, be wary of those that show the following red flags–and avoid them at all cost.
- No solid reputation–Make sure to investigate your provider’s background before signing a contract.
- Non-HTTPS site–This is essential for proper security, because it secures any request for personal information, such as forms.
- Other security protocols missing–Any honest enterprise cloud storage provider will offer certain protocols, such as encryption. You’ll want high level encryption to ensure that the only people who can access your company’s data are those with proper login credentials.
- Weak privacy statement–Find a service with a strong privacy statement, that doesn’t give permission for that service to browse your files.
- No mention of compliance standards–Meeting compliance standards and obtaining industry certifications demonstrate a provider’s capabilities and offer proof of reliable security. Examples of compliance standards include ISO 27001, HIPAA, FERPA, FISMA, SSAE 16, PMI and more.
- Vague service agreements–These agreements should offer enough transparency that you truly know what you are getting, when will it be delivered and how much will it cost you.
Every organization has different needs. Remember these needs should be reflected in your choice of an enterprise cloud provider. Let us assist you with the solutions you need, always focusing in secure-first alternatives. If you require assistance don’t hesitate to contact us.
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