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Migrating your data to the cloud is a smart choice, iallows for greater flexibility and security while lowering your capital expenditure.  

To ensure data health and safety, start off by picking a cloud service provider that you've thoroughly researched and has an excellent reputation.  

Picking a cloud service provider that best fits your needs is important to keeping your data healthy, but there are also things you can do to ensure its health.

Ensure your data is encrypted

 A managed service provider can provide you with data encryption built into the service or you can encrypt your data prior to migrating to the cloud.  

Create a backup schedule

Ensure you have a disaster recovery plan that includes regular backups, many service providers provide routine backups in their packages.  Quality service providers have multiple data centers to provide redundant optional locations and ensures your firm's data is accessible when you need it.   

Create guidelines and procedures for employees

Networks can be made vulnerable by the things employees do. Ensure you have guidelines and training for employees pertaining to security awareness and company cloud usage. Regularly augment your security policies with checkups and enforcement.  

Understand your role

Many companies are unsure what aspects of security fall within their domain and what falls within their service providers’ domain. Understanding your contract with your service provider is key to protecting your data. Research service providers to find one that meets your security needs.  

Close the loop

 It’s important to pinpoint points of access and close them. Remembering to remove access for previous employees and ensuring encryption keys cannot be easily accessed and exploited is extremely important to ensure cloud security and health.  

 

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