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Health and Safety Programs and CLOUD data security, is it or is it not protected?

The other day a friend asked me my review on CLOUD safety programs and the usage and how best to sell that idea to others.

Well three things are like death and taxes

  • Your IT department will back this statement up, If you think you data on the net or cloud is secure today, maybe it is but tomorrow some educated egg head on his or hers fancy thinking machine will be able break into your program and steal or alter your data, hence any IT person will tell you CHANGE your passwords often.
  • If you post on the net even the COPS and Intelligence agencies will tell you your DATA will never go away or be deleted or protected even when you punch erase ( how do you think they catch pedophiles or corporate thefts, there is a always a bread crumb or hot link to the data somewhere or people made copies)
  • If you post be honest because your dirty secrets will always surface or be shown to others ,regardless if it is a pipeline leak and you saying oh our records are perfect and we don’t know how this could have happened. In walks the hacker or competitor edge and pulls up your electronic data and shows the press and states by the way what about this document or what about that.  The Mike Duffy case file in Canada was a prime example of this as was Hillary Clinton in the USA.

Still a relatively new innovation, cloud storage has attracted a lot of scrutiny in recent months. Before entrusting sensitive data to third party storage facilities, consumers want to know that their information is going to be stored safely and reliably. Despite scare tactics devised by hackers to undermine consumer perception of the cloud, cloud storage remains one of the safest ways to store your data today.

If the Cloud is Secure, How was Apple’s iCloud Hacked?

After the well-publicized attack on Apple’s iCloud, polls showed an immediate drop in the popularity of cloud storage. Users reported feeling more vulnerable, and began questioning the security of their own personal data. But what really happened? The headlines said that the cloud had been hacked, that nude pictures had been stolen from the private accounts of 26 celebrities. While the photos were indeed stolen from the victims’ personal accounts, the important distinction that the popular media never made was that the cloud wasn’t hacked. The breach was a result of vulnerabilities in Apple’s password security system, enabling persistent hackers to guess the passwords and security questions of select users. The cloud itself was never actually breached.

How is the Cloud Protected?   To keep data secure, the front line of defense for any cloud system is encryption. Encryption methods utilize complex algorithms to conceal cloud-protected information. To decipher encrypted files, would-be hackers would need the encryption key. Although encrypted information is not 100% uncrackable, decryption requires a huge amount of computer processing power, forensic software, and a lot of time. Can it be done? Yes, the only way to keep your data safe for certain is to lock it up in a safe beneath the ground. That being said, your cloud-stored data is generally safer than your locally stored data. Cloud services utilize more complex security methods than the average computer owner is able to devise, giving your cloud-stored data an added level of protection.

What Can I Do to Help Keep My Cloud Data Safe?

Keeping your data secure is your responsibility as well as your cloud provider’s responsibility. As hackers demonstrated through the celebrity iCloud breach, poor password security can give cybercriminals an all-access pass to your private data. To keep your password safe, avoid using the same password over multiple platforms; add letters, numbers and symbols to your password, and do not utilize a password that is in any way related to your personal life. Any hacker worth his salt will know your address, your husband’s name, the type of car you drive and your favorite restaurant.

Data security is a major concern, and although options are currently limited, they exist. The most secure is likely a military grade encryption from providers like Credeon or nCrypted Cloud. This allows users to encrypt and store data with their own specifications, and securely share files with other parties that can view files with a key management system.However, the biggest cause of concern for Cloud storage isn’t hacked data, it’s lost data.

Is Cloud Storage Really Reliable?

Your data might be safe if the system that it is stored on has failed, but that won’t do much to mollify you in the event of a system outage. While cloud storage keeps your data secure from fires, floods, hurricanes and computer meltdowns, it is still vulnerable in the sense that it is in the hands of a third-party system. Fortunately, since there are no geographical limits to cloud storage, you don’t have to use your local Joe schmo’s cloud services. Before selecting a cloud storage provider, do your research. Top cloud providers can keep your data safe and consistently accessible. If the company you are working with has a history of data loss and security breaches, then it’s time to move on to a new provider.

Cloud storage is much more reliable when used in tandem with another storage system, such as Google Drive. As stated earlier, the biggest concern with cloud storage is lost data, not hacked data. But that issue is eliminated if the cloud is used more as a “sharing” platform instead of a “storage” platform. By taking shared files and storing them into something like Google Drive, you can ensure that if your data is lost, you can easily locate it through the other platform. And it isn’t just Apple doing it. Microsoft, Google and others are increasingly relying on cheap, easily accessible storage capacity to roll out new features for customers. Apple’s automatic saving function allows users to switch seamlessly between devices, without fear of losing documents or edits.

Cloud usage has seen an exponential rise every years since 2009.  So although safety seems to remain a concern, despite the guidelines and practices put forth by experts in the field, big companies are still investing resources in acquiring and developing the storage platform. Which means that cloud optimization and security will mimic the rise in its popularity.

So if you want a CLOUD based safety program to benefit your staff or business,

BONUS!

It is used for educating staff and getting data out quickly and professionally in real time.  There are lots of great safety programs and business out there that offer great services to clients for exactly that purpose. But if you want to hide your secrets or think your system is secure or protected GIVE YOUR HEAD A SHAKE, that like buying ocean front property in Arizona!, but Barnum and Baily said it best, there is a sucker born every minute.

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