Data security is still a major factor in the decision to use cloud services for private or professional purposes. In the current, justified discussion about data security in the cloud, it should not be forgotten that cloud service providers with high-performance computing centers already make a very high level of data security possible.
Whilst, for example, in the private sphere data tend to be secured rather sporadically, a serious service cloud provider bases its services on system redundancy, secure hardware, daily backups and regular preventative checks. Even small and medium sized enterprises can rarely afford the corresponding security systems, starting with access and fire protection equipment and ranging to intrusion detection (attack detection systems), all of which are standard features of large computer centers. In order to be on the safe side when using cloud services such as KMcloud, we recommend the following five cloud security tips:
- Ownership of stored data
Make sure that you retain full rights to your data, documents and articles in the cloud and that you do not carelessly pass them on to the provider of the cloud service or community. This aspect is usually covered in the general terms and conditions or the service level agreement (SLA) of the cloud service provider.
- Sharing data / file sharing in the team
You determine who may and may not access your data. For example, distinct team folders together with access rights ensure that your team’s internal documents can only be viewed by authorized members and not by third parties. This security is the direct result of the system concept of the respective cloud solution, e.g. personal login, communities, rights administration.
- Cloud service providers from the European economic area
At the present time, regulations relating to data security in the cloud have not yet been internationally agreed; the Patriot Act enables American government authorities to access your saved data. In a Europe-wide comparison, data protection has a very high priority in Germany. For this reason we work with a German hosting provider in order to offer the best possible data security.
- Data transmission security
The encryption of data with the established SSL/TLS protocol, implemented with OpenSSL, prevents unauthorized third parties from intercepting your data en route between your computer and the cloud service provider. A secure connection can be identified by the lock symbol on your browser.
- Availability of the service
Non-availability means that you cannot call up or share your documents and valuable time is lost. Make sure that the cloud service provider offers corresponding information on availability, maintenance and recovery.
We look forward to receiving your wide-ranging feedback. Over the course of this year, KMcloud will be fully adapted to meet your wishes and needs.