Is Cloud Storage Secure?

Is Cloud Storage Secure?
With our last article, we looked at phishing and how easy it is for cybercriminals to lay their hands on information that they have no right to access. It is better to be safe than sorry, which is why we understand why our clients ask us if cloud storage is really a safe option.
The thought of your sensitive information travelling above our heads in a bunch of water molecules might seem so far-fetched but this is mostly because the name is misleading. Your information is not floating around in a fluffy-looking bunch of water molecules, ready to rain sensitive information down on your city. It’s time for us to dispel some of the ideas that the word “cloud” brings to mind, starting with safety. In short, the answer to the question of cloud storage safety is: Yes, it is a safe option. If you wanted a short article, then your wish is our command. You can navigate away now if you’d like. But if you want to be extra sure and learn more, then read on.

Potentially Better than your IT Department

Unless you have a dedicated IT department with the best of the best on the payroll, the chances are excellent that Cloud storage as provided by Microsoft will have better security with cloud storage than your IT department can provide for your on-premises storage. Microsoft can afford the best of the best and they have not one or two, but an entire team dedicated to keeping cloud storage safe for their users. According to this article, “Microsoft’s cloud contracts meet the high standards of EU privacy law.” If that is not a confidence booster for you, then we suppose that nothing will be.

Data Is Private

Just because cloud storage offers the convenience of being able to access your data on any device, it does not mean that anyone can access your data. There are strict controls in place to ensure that only those who have been granted permission by you have access to your data. You will also be safe in the knowledge that Microsoft will not access your data to sell it to third-parties. Their reputation is on the line and you can be sure that they will do everything they can to maintain it. If you want more information on Microsoft’s privacy policy, including data ownership and what it means, have a look at their Privacy page.
“If someone asks me what cloud computing is, I try not to get bogged down with definitions. I tell them that, simply put, cloud computing is a better way to run your business.”
Marc Benioff, Founder, CEO and Chairman of Salesforce
Cloud storage offers safety as well as privacy and we at iTree Solutions recommend cloud storage as a useful tool for all of our customers. If you want more information on cloud storage or want to find out how we can be your outsourced IT department, then get in touch with us using the form on our Contact us page or visit Microsoft’s website. This is a great article to continue our article’s train of thought.