The cloud provides ease of access for a mobile enterprise, which is slowly becoming the way of the workforce. By storing data in the cloud, anyone who needs access to that information can do so from different devices, even from outside of the office. In the early days of the cloud, this was seen as a faulty way to store your data because of the accessibility to not only your own employees but also to hackers. Since then, there has been a growth in trust for private, public and hybrid clouds as everyone becomes aware of the role they play in fighting off breaches.
Transferring data to the cloud is a tedious but necessary process for companies that want to reap the benefits of this technology. According to CIO, this transition is a great point to improve your architecture and workflows by eliminating underutilized resources, identifying vulnerabilities and automating manual processes. Since AI and other technology will only further this platform’s uses and benefits, many more companies will likely have to undergo cloud migration. However, many people do not understand what comes during and after the migration. They don’t understand that it takes more than just putting your data in the cloud and boom, it’s protected. Here are some tips to make the process go as smoothly as possible.
Managing Your Migration
Transferring data is a huge project that requires an all-or-none mindset so that no data is lost, never to be found. There are specific actions that you and your IT department and employees will need to take in order to ensure that your data is secure, according to GCN. The first step is to specifically detail if there is anything that you are not moving to the cloud and where it is going. Keeping track of data is the number one priority. You also need to discover all of your “shadow IT.” These are accounts that have access to data that could be easily compromised, such as old employees, contract employees or inactive current employees. Next, you need to compare your strategy and cybersecurity to guidelines. The National Institute of Standards and Technology and the Cloud Security Alliance are a good place to start. Lastly, as stated, be ever-vigilant about protecting your data. If you start by monitoring and recording what is common usage and practice by users, then you will be able to tell when someone is manipulating the system. And of course, always be sure to inform your employees that they are one of your most valuable assets when it comes to the fight against hacking. With all these points in mind, you will have your data well-protected from those who wish to misuse it.
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