Keeping cloud storage secure while working from home

When businesses across the UK had to make the move to homeworking at the beginning of the pandemic, cloud storage and systems proved to be invaluable. Indeed, according to Centrify*, over half of businesses said in a recent survey that cloud computing saved them from collapse.

Not only does the cloud mean that employees can access their files from wherever they are, but it also reduces the amount of physical hardware and paperwork that they need to take with them.

That said, there are some important procedures to follow to protect your systems from cyber criminals.

The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has a wealth of guidance on securing your cloud computing. Among their key principles are making sure that only authorised individuals can access your interfaces and choosing a service provider that has a trustworthy security governance framework.

However, half of the businesses polled in Centrify’s survey reported to have seen an increase in hijack attempts on employee accounts and impersonation attacks during the pandemic.

As we continue to work from home, it is important to be vigilant when managing your cloud computing while your team benefit from remotely accessing your systems.

You can view our own resource on mitigating the threat of ransomware when backing up to the cloud on our small business page at: www.nebrcentre.co.uk/sme

*https://www.centrify.com/about-us/news/press-releases/2020/cloud-adoption-has-saved-more-half-uk-businesses-covid-19/

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The Business Resilience Centre for the North East (NEBRC) is a non-profit organisation which exists to support and help protect North East England businesses from cyber crimes.

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