Lately, it seems, there isn’t a day that goes by without hearing about a new data security breach. But there’s a chance cloud security is the answer.

We’ve talked about cloud security quite a lot in recent posts. But it’s really important to underscore just how much of a game changer it is for data security. Instead of paying outrageous sums for IT security personnel, business leaders can now opt to have a cloud hosting team handle all matters related to protecting your data from cyber thieves. 

Some managers, however, are reluctant to outsource what many now consider to be a major source of competitive advantage for their company. For many businesses, digital strategy and corporate strategy are largely intertwined. While this stance is understandable, it ignores the perils to which you’re subjecting one of your company’s most valuable assets: its data. 

Here are a few ways cloud security can give your company’s data the level of protection it requires.

1. Cloud Security Restricts User Access Through Multi-Factor Authentication 

If you’ve ever logged on to your bank’s online platform, you’ve probably used multi-factor authentication. After typing in your password, you may have then received a request to type in a code sent to your phone number or email. Cloud hosting partners offer this—and much more. 

For top cloud hosts, authentication typically requires at least three factors: What the user knows (their password); what the user has (a token or card of some kind); and what they are (a fingerprint). Both of the physical forms of identification make it far more difficult for intruders to access your company’s data. 

Although it’s true these services are available for companies to use on their own, you’ll likely pay a substantial amount to use them. Cloud hosting providers, on the other hand, are usually able to obtain them at a lower price due to the number of customers with whom they are partnered. 

2. Cloud Security Offers Physical Protection 

Over the last few years, many of us have experienced downtime in essential services related to natural disasters. Whether it’s wildfires or electrical outages caused by storms or even human error, there are a number of physical risks out there to our IT infrastructure. And that’s without even accounting for the risk of data theft. 

Much of this, however, can be mitigated by partnering with a cloud hosting partner. Unlike physical servers, which can easily sustain damage under poor conditions, cloud facilities are located off-site and protected with around-the-clock camera surveillance. The system at these facilities is also automatically backed up, which will minimize any downtime caused by power outage or network failure. 

3. Cloud Hosting Providers Keep the System Updated

There are times when it feels like every time your phone needs a new upgrade every time you look at it. Oddly enough, software systems aren’t all that different. 

Software companies release updates frequently in response to customer feedback. Through iteration, software gradually improves in quality. Likewise, companies release software patches to minimize the threat posed by identified security gaps in the software’s programming. Needless to say, keeping up with myriad updates can be time consuming. 

But most notably, upgrades and patch installations can lead to downtime for your business. Although not every update requires a prolonged installation process, the possibility is always there. 

Cloud hosting services eliminate these concerns by updating their systems on a near constant basis. What’s more, because of their computing capabilities they are able to do so without shutting down their systems. This shorten, if not entirely prevent, the downtime upgrades often pose.

If strengthening your company’s data security measures is on your agenda for the year 2021, Timac Business Sytems can help. We offer start of the art security features at reasonable rates for small and mid-sized businesses. 

Contact us today for a free consultation! 

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