Written by guest writer Dan Radak
In the films made in the 1980s, when the Cold War was at its summit, one of the clichés was the one in which a spy (usually a Russian) incorporates into a very important and heavily guarded American company or governmental agency to steal easy access to confidential files. When he or she has gained the trust of his or her fellow colleagues, he is ready to take what he or she needs. And now comes the moment that is important for this text – they usually take the data stored on microfilm by using the whole microfilm tape. That was the trend of the 1980s.
Stealing data from bed
Now, let’s get back to 2014. Today, you do not need to send your spy as an intruder in Pentagon or to force him or her under the icy chains of the Moscow winter. Everything you want to know today is online. The cases of Snowden and Assange have proven that in today’s world, almost everything is for sale and few things can be kept secret. With the growth of the cloud storing system, data and confidential files have become easily accessible by us, users of cloud providing services, which have definitely accelerated the business streams and increased profits for many companies. However, the data that we think are safely stored can actually also be easily accessed by third parties who are very interested in what we are doing. To leave aside political intruding and hacking, businesspeople should also start worrying about their data. Without becoming irrational and paranoid, we need to be aware of the fact that our competition can do many things to lay their hands on our confidential matter without even leaving their bedroom. That is why the process of choosing a cloud provider is crucial.
Take the whole package
When looking for a cloud provider, you need to pay attention to many things. Firstly, you need to make sure that the data you have stored on their cloud is safe from third parties and hacking. Although it is a brave thing to claim that your data are 100% safe, many things can be done to reach at least 99.99%. If you are a business person and you don’t want your files to be ripped off, don’t save money on the security features. Take the whole protection package, including firewalls, the most complex encryption that you can get, back up options and other features that will keep you calm and your data safe. Just remember the times before you were able to use cloud and how much faster your business is developing now. The cloud security package is nothing more than a mere investment in your business.
If you are in two minds over the potential cloud providers, ask professionals what they think. You can always contact Internet advisors and get the information you need. Just be careful when choosing, since some of them are pure representatives of cloud providers. The best option is reading articles in specialized magazines or at least contact those magazines’ editors for advice. Or simply visit professional blogs on this subject: Host Gator blog, Crucial blog, Cloud Sherpas blog. When we feel ill, we go to the doctor. So, when we need computer assistance, we should go and ask professionals, as well.
Putting your business online might be risky, but the profits and advantages that you get by doing that are incredible. Because of that, you need to be wise when choosing the cloud provider. It is even better if the provider also offers web hosting. In that case, you should really take the whole package and enjoy your business.
Author’s bio: Dan Radak is VPS security and Hosting generaly specialist. Currently employed as a consultant in couple of Web Hosting companies. In his free time, he likes fishing or making homegrown beer. You can reach him on Twitter.