While tech companies have been working around the clock to provide internet users with safer, more accessible internet access, hackers always seem to be one step ahead. A recent data security breach affected over 95,000 user profiles. The attack took place on an insurer’s database, and while the security breach was only discovered this year, it could trace back as far as 2010. For consumers, this is an alarming discovery as they would expect their information to be secure with their insurer. Businesses need to ensure that their data security measures are up to date and that data security controls are implemented to protect their clients and the integrity of their business.
Encryption and Added Security Protocols for Cloud-Based Storage
Businesses are encouraged to store their information on the cloud, as hardware failure could result in total and irrevocable loss of information. But this means that businesses will need to rely on cloud storage services that provide a storage solution that can’t be compromised, such as those that require multi-level authentication and encrypt information and passcodes. While this might seem cumbersome at first, users will be happy to know that their information is far more secure than single-level authentication and access.
Hardware Still A Large Component of Data Storage
Cloud storage may be a modern solution to data storage, however, there are instances where saving information to the cloud might not be recommended. This is especially true of sensitive information. There is also the possibility of a delay in saving the information to the cloud, especially for remote workers and those who don’t have uninterrupted access to the internet. Bandwidth becomes problematic for high-traffic businesses and can cause data loss or network bottlenecking. In this case, it’s handy to have removable storage such as bulk flash drives or SD Cards, or external hard drives at your disposal.
Commissioning A Private or Hybrid Cloud
Business needs change from time to time and the use of a private cloud might mitigate some risk, but it can also run up the operating costs of the business. A hybrid cloud allows businesses to store some of their information on a public cloud and some on the private cloud, according to their needs and budget. This is great for businesses that have a small portion of their data as confidential or private, and only need a small portion of the cloud storage to keep this information safe.
For businesses, it’s not a case of one type of storage instead of another, but rather a healthy mix of both to satisfy the diverse data storage needs.
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