With your data, it’s good to be paranoid
A few high profile, online security failures have stirred up paranoia about putting your data in the cloud. Major breaches to Sony’s Playstation Network, Dropbox and Distribute.IT in Australia have gotten many people paranoid.
And when it comes to data security, paranoia is a good thing. We have a security team plus an independent security consulting firm who are vigilant about data security and protecting our systems against breaches. We invite you to read about our substantial security measures.
It’s always a huge disappointment when we hear about these major breaches, mostly because they often turn out to be quite preventable – the victims are usually the subject of attack because they didn’t take some fundamental precautions.
In the wake of such breaches, a few people tend to declare an adamant refusal to put their data in the cloud. The reality is, nobody can avoid having their data in the cloud – for years now, all of us have had an ever increasing amount of our own data, along with data about us, accessible in the cloud. It’s a basic and unavoidable reality of the world we live in: your data is in the cloud. The speed and ease of living in the 21st century wouldn’t be possible any other way, it’s the plumbing of our global economy.
The vast majority of the time, having data in the cloud is a huge blessing. Once in a while, a breach happens. That’s why we need to stay paranoid. Pretending we don’t already have data in the cloud is the opposite of being paranoid, it’s being in denial.
So if you’re considering who you can trust to properly protect your data make sure you ask these extremely important questions.