Let me start this blog by asking you a question: How did your business respond to the security threats brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic? The reason I bring this up is because a recent survey conducted by Password Keeper and Ponemon Institute revealed that during the 2020 Coronavirus pandemic, the effectiveness of organizations’ IT posture in terms of cybersecurity dipped by almost 30%.
"...almost 50% of the respondents were concerned about about the physical safety of their data."
One of the main reasons for the compromise in IT security was the hurried transition of so many businesses to the remote work model. Working from home often meant the staff were using their personal computers to access work data, sometimes, even on shared WiFi networks without the latest software updates, security patches and firewalls - all invitations for cybercriminals. The research also pointed out that almost 50% of the respondents were concerned about the physical safety of their data. When employees work from home, business data is stored on their personal devices. This includes personal laptops, desktops, thumb drives, external hard disks and sometimes, even smartphones and tablets. Ensuring the data stored in such a manner is not lost, stolen or inadvertently made public is a huge challenge.
Using the cloud can help resolve this challenge to some extent. By migrating your data to the cloud you get a range of benefits such as:
Anywhere and anytime access using an internet enabled tablet, computer or even a smartphone
Cloud services offer multiple layers of security to keep your data safe from prying eyes
No risk of losing data due to misplaced thumb drives or computer hard disk crashes
An MSP offering cloud services will be able to assist you in making the transition from physical data storage to the cloud smoothly. They can also address cybersecurity concerns and offer solutions. However, migrating to the cloud alone is not the solution to all data security issues. You will still need to train your staff on how to identify and avoid malware attacks, phishing scams and to practice basic password hygiene and data security best practices.