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The cloud is far more than simply a repository for data. It’s also home to applications that many organizations use during day-to-day business operations. That’s why cloud security is a top consideration for all organizations.

While clients of cloud-based providers are typically attracted to the cloud because it provides them with increased flexibility without requiring the installation of additional hardware or software, cloud vendors are quite invested in maintaining, updating, and improving hardware, software, and networking processes alike. At the same time, the onus is end users to protect themselves in the cloud.

For instance, it’s not uncommon for encrypted data to be fully in the hands of the end user. (This mainly depends on what services they’ve signed up for with their cloud vendor.) However, it’s important for the data to be encrypted — and not only while it’s being stored. It’s also imperative that data be encrypted during transit to eliminate any vulnerabilities at this point.

In addition, cloud security supervisors must also take into account hybrid cloud environments storing redundant data. This is a common disaster-recovery strategy among modern businesses, though it requires that all data be compressed prior to transmission to a cloud environment. Doing so will inherently reduce network bandwidth and bring security deeper into the process.

A note of caution: Avoid cloud vendors that resell public cloud storage. This method is often more costly, but it also impacts data ownership issues. You don’t want to get into a situation in which you’re leasing server space from a vendor that isn’t stable. Should something happen to that vendor and their systems become compromised, your data will likely be lost for good.

With secure site support, you’ll be covered in case anyone attempts a data breach. This level of support generally includes business continuity solutions, disaster recovery strategies, and the best technology for your organization. Your customers rely on consistent uptime, and that’s not an area any organization should attempt to compromise.

With a bit of due diligence, you too can work with a provider that offers the suite of solutions you need to stay secure without affecting your company’s overall workflow and process outcomes.

At Access One, we’re committed to bringing the best cloud-based solutions to our customers, but we also have a keen focus on security. We specialize in backup and disaster discovery, as well as network management, modern email protection, and borderless network security. So if security awareness training is among your concerns, count on Access One to deliver the solutions you need to stay secure and prepared.