5 issues to consider before taking on cloud storage
By Brad Robertson
While ‘cloud storage’ is one of the hottest tech buzz terms floating around now, there are still many questions people have about the benefits of having their own online storage accounts.
The more educated you are on your cloud storage provider, the more you’ll feel at ease with storing your files with them.
Here are five things to consider before taking on cloud storage to ensure your service is the most beneficial for you.
There are two primary areas of security to inquire and demand are secure. First is an in-transit/in-flight/in-motion characteristic – that is, the path the data takes from your device to its destination.
Think about the bank offering a pick-up and delivery service. They have the most impenetrable vaults at their location, but they send a 10-year-old on a skateboard to come and pick it up. What are the chances a 10-year-old carrying bags with dollar signs on them actually making it back to the bank? Not good.
The next area is at rest. Going back to the bank metaphor, this would be the actual vault. Make sure both areas of security are at least at current industry best practice levels.
Read the terms and conditions of the cloud storage service, and make sure it clearly states that you own your data.
For example, Facebook’s new legal terms clearly state: “You own all of the content and information you post on Facebook, and you can control how it is shared through your privacy and application settings.”
While you do give them the right to share in the ownership while it’s on their service, the terms do indicate that their usage rights do end when you delete the data.
Let’s face it, there are several reasons to use cloud storage, but you need to make sure it works on all the devices you currently use.
The best place to check is the download, applications, marketplace, or features information to see if all your devices are listed. If not, search for another provider.
While some cloud storage providers simply give you a place to safely store your data, others (such as CX for Business) are rich with collaborative features that make working together easier.
If you’re looking for cloud storage that needs to work with a team, be on the look out for characteristics such as groups, chat and activity notifications. Do your research, because there’s probably a cloud storage solution that fits within your price range and offers you the elements you’re looking for.
A common concern people have when considering cloud storage is that their data will disappear along with the company if their cloud storage service goes out of business.
Communicate with your cloud storage provider to see what will happen if they do close. Reputable cloud storage providers will alert users of the closure in plenty of time and will work to ensure all your data remains with you.
Interested in hearing industry leaders discuss subjects like this and sharing their experiences and use-cases? Attend the Cyber Security & Cloud Expo World Series with upcoming events in Silicon Valley, London and Amsterdam to learn more.
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