By: Katie Wilson, Marketing Director, Clone Systems

Subscription-based and storage-based cloud services are on the rise. They offer cheaper and faster ways for businesses to store, share, and access their data. Even security services offer secure cloud options. So, with cloud services being an inevitable part of your business, how can you ensure your data is secure?

To secure your cloud data, you should implement the following: disaster recovery, high availability, VPNs, and an incident response plan. Most companies will tell you that their authentication practices and other security tools are enough to keep your cloud data safe. But that is simply not true anymore. Most companies will experience a breach in their lifetime, and the best way they can recover (both their data and customer trust) is to have plans in place for how to recover data if a disaster happens.

What is Disaster Recovery?

Most disaster recovery solutions take virtual snapshots of your network. If you experience a disaster (hack, natural disaster, etc.) you can retrieve your data and work with it once you are able to start business again.

What is High Availability?

High availability allows you to access your data instantly should your network crash. High availability and disaster recovery are closely related, but High Availability utilizes a VPN for instant access to your data. A VPN or dedicated circuit allows you to move data to the network, launch applications at the managed site, and replicate and move data directly. The mirrored resources are instantly activated and become live when you experience a disaster.

What is VPN?

Virtual Private Networks (VPN) extends a private network across a public network. It encrypts all information shared within it to protect data from malicious use. Most high availability and disaster recovery options will utilize a VPN to protect the data they are backing up.

What is an Incident Response Plan?

An incident response plan includes both preventative and responsive plans. The preventative plans will include all tools and services you are using to prevent a disaster (such as a hack) from happening to your data. It should include knowing what your third-party services are doing to protect your data and what you are doing to protect yourself from your third-party services. Responsive plans include what you will do if a disaster (such as a natural disaster) happens. It includes knowing what services are backing up your data, who is responsible for recovering your data, and who is responsible for re-securing your data once everything is back in place.

What does this all mean?

Basically, at some point, your company will use a cloud service. You need to ensure you and your cloud provider work together to prevent any disasters from happening. But you also need thorough backups and plans in place should your cloud crash for any reason. VPNs work to encrypt all data on your network so any data shared is protected. High Availability and Disaster Recovery solutions ensure you have backups of your data, so you can access them quickly and easily if a disaster occurs. They also ensure there is minimal interruption to your daily business. Finally, you should have an incident response plan in place to both know what you are doing to prevent disasters to your network and what you need to do if a disaster happens anyway.