As we all have heard, more and more of our computing experience is being moved to the cloud.
If you do not know what the cloud stands for then you are probably not alone.
What Is The ‘Cloud’?
The industry tends to have slick little buzz words to describe something that we do all of the time.
When someone says the cloud, they mean that the program is running on a server.
For example, if you use Google’s Gmail service then you are using a program on the cloud as opposed to Microsoft’s Outlook program which is installed directly on your computer.
Another example would be using Google Document and Spreadsheet services as these are both online equivalents of several of the Microsoft Office products, the main difference being that you can use them online and for free.
As you can see, Google has put a lot of stock into cloud based services.
So much so, that even their new operating system will have a lot of cloud elements to it.
If you own a company then you might want to think about moving your data to the cloud.
The 3 Cloud-Related Security Questions You Have To Ask
Before you do, however, here are three security questions that you might want to ask the host that you will be using.
The first question that you will want to ask when it comes to the security of your data on the cloud is what is the hosting the company responsible for?
Are they able to make certain guarantees and if they are not fulfilled then will you be compensated for the trouble?
Or do they expect you to use their service as is and offer no guarantees?
This is important for you to know before you decide to do business with them.
You must be able to figure out whether your data’s security will be protected because it is in their best interest.
2. Hardware Use
Another question that you should ask before you decide to host your data on one of these cloud services is to find out what hardware they use.
Do they use specialized hardware to protect the data such as dedicated hardware firewalls?
Or is most of their hardware from off the shelf components that they have specialized for their purposes?
Also, what kind of back up procedures do they have for your data?
The whole purpose of the cloud is so that your data is not in one spot and that it has redundancy checks.
This means that your data should be in more than one place at all times so that if one spot fails, then the others will be able to take its place.
Your data should not be just hosted on one server with one back up because if something happens to that remote location then your data is lost for good.
Backing up the data in several different places is very important for someone who is using a cloud service.
3. Security Expertise
And the last question that you should ask when it comes to having your data being secured on the cloud is what kind of security specialist they have working at the facility?
Is their highest specialist just a normal IT worker or is it someone who specializes in security for the cloud.
You want to make sure that you have the best people protecting your data.
This data is your livelihood so not just anyone should do.
Protecting your data on the cloud is very important so make sure that you ask the right questions.