Keeping Data Safe in the Cloud - Part 1

Security Info

General Cloud Safety


Most of the small and medium enterprises don’t really recognize the magnitude of risk attached to placing their data online. Smaller companies are subject to more risk when compared to larger companies such as Apple and Sony. The reason being that the larger companies have more resources at their disposal and therefore a higher degree of security in place to ensure their data is secure. This also makes it harder for hackers to cause a data breach. However, having said that, it doesn’t mean they are not vulnerable at all to any such threats. This was shown clearly over the last few weeks with the large hack at Sony Pictures. Uploading your data to the cloud may be risky but with few simply steps you can secure it.

Though it is crucial that every business shall remain on guard regarding the safety of its cloud storage provider, yet there are some risks that are involved that needs various protective measures.

Some of these risks involved in cloud storage are given below.

Employees Work Remotely Using the Cloud

This is very alarming. However, it is important that every employee once stepping outside the office shall maintain adequate level of security of their mobile devices, laptops or their personal PCs. The reason being that hacker may get access to the system through their personal gadgets.

Sharing Of Data or Documents with Other Parties

If you are sharing some sensitive information with a third-party provider, or an outside organization or even a client, a chance that your data being hacked by a hacker increases. Therefore, the likelihood of your data being breached increases.

You Never Know the Location of Your Data

The fact is that you don’t know the location of your data. If your data is stored offshore, the possibility that your data might end up in wrong hands increases. This is because of lenient regulations in industry and between different jurisdictions. It is always better that you talk to your provider so that your data is stored in the country where you reside. Always remember, there are data protection laws and other regulations that must be followed.

In A Cloud Environment Always Think About the Possible Entry Points for Attackers

A customer might use a mobile phone that is insecure to get access into your network. Thus, you may be attacked. A web application can be used by a contractor. A database administrator working at cloud provider may share your password with someone. Your data maybe hacked. These are just few of the scenarios. This does not have to be deliberate or malicious, it only needs t happen.


Data Security and the process, procedures and support documentation and training as all specialist areas for DVANA. We’re more than happy to help you with any concerns you might have with:

  • choosing a cloud provider
  • securely sharing data
  • importance of local laws and data location
  • securing end points e.g. services at both ends