In today’s digital economy, more and more organisations are moving towards storing their business information in cloud data storage, in fact the IDC (International Data Corporation) announced that worldwide data storage was up by 14% in Q3 2017 and that this growing trend is forecast to continue.  Cloud data storage is held in a data centre but presented over the internet, enabling users to access their files from anywhere whether in or outside the office.  So why are organisations making this change?  Let us consider both the advantages and disadvantages of cloud data storage:

Advantages in cloud data storage:

  • Cost effective. It can be more cost effective to use cloud data storage as opposed to storing on premise.
  • Prepared for growth, with the flexible cloud data storage solutions available an organisation can flex their storage needs as the business grows.
  • Back up. Cloud data storage providers offer backup to ensure information can be restored quickly.

There are some challenges in using cloud data storage:

  • One of the main challenges of cloud data storage can be is the security of the data. Users are relying on the security that the storage providers offer and this may not be enough, extra measures may be required
  • Risk of attack. Because the data is stored in the cloud, it is more accessible to hackers as opposed to an on premise system. Again extra measures may be required or choose what information is stored in the cloud.
  • If you have no internet access, then you cannot access your business data.
  • For GDPR and other data regulations, be mindful of the location of you cloud storage. Primary copies may be held in Europe as you expect but your backup copy may be in the US!

 How to protect it?

 Whilst there are some obvious wins to storing your critical business data in the cloud, we also need to consider how to protect it.

  • Back up your data. Ensure that you have a secure back up process and policy in place which takes place daily so that you ensure you keep a record of your data.
  • To try to ensure that your data is better protected, aim to work with cloud storage systems who encrypt their data.
  • Make sure that access to cloud storage is tightly controlled so that only the right people can access.
  • Ensure you have strong password and security policy in place. Ensure you have the technology in place to enforce your team to update their passwords on a regular basis).

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