Have you been keeping up with tech news? The chances are that you have come across a news piece on cloud-related security breaches. It could be a large enterprise suffering significant losses from theft of credit card information. It could also be personal cloud storage for a major celebrity.

Online threats are real. You need to manage your cloud security closely regardless of whether you use cloud of VPS hosting. The following are tips on top cloud hosting security:

1. Enable two-step authentication for your cloud hosting accounts

You need to have complex passwords. The minimum password length must be set to eight characters. The password should contain a mix of special characters, numbers, and mix cases.

If the service providers have allowed it, consider using a two-step authentication approach. Regular password replacement can also help. You should also try to enforce uniqueness in your cloud hosting account.

Do not use the same password on multiple sites. Also, make sure not to repeat an old password. You can use a password manager to keep track of all your passwords.

2. Backup your data

Just because you are using cloud services, it does not mean that your data is being backed up. Be sure to contract backup services to confirm that your data is secure. Data replication should not be confused with data backup.

You should always retain a local copy of your critical corporate data. You can speak with your cloud hosting provider about having a data backup option added to your hosting account.

3. Establish where your data is being stored

Data is always on the move in many active organizations. Inquire on the whereabouts of critical data like employee information and customer records. Is the information being stored in:

  • In a cloud account?
  • On employees’ phones or laptops or desktops?
  • On your local servers?
  • Is it in the hands of a contractor?
  • Can this information be emailed outside the domain?
  • Can it be copied to a memory stick?

You need to understand the data lifecycle management process. You should also have an idea of how the cloud hosting services fit into your process.

4. Understand contracts from all the service providers you are working with

Make it a point to go through all the fine print. The responsibility and management of your cloud applications and data should always be properly spelled out. Ensure that there are no misunderstandings.

A misunderstanding can lead to a security breach. This can, in turn, result in the loss of critical business data.