Security Considerations for Different Cloud Categories

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Fundamental Data Security in the Cloud FAQs: Cost, Training, Value

What is data security in the cloud?

Since the cloud refers to remote servers that are accessed via the internet, data security in the cloud is simply anything related to keeping the data on those servers secure, as well as the connections to the data secure. Data security in the cloud is a huge assortment of skills, technologies, tools and resources that are used to protect digital information stored, processed and transmitted through cloud computing services.

What are the fundamental elements of data security in the cloud?

The fundamental elements of data security in the cloud include encryption, access controls, auditing and monitoring, backup and disaster recovery, regulation compliance, and training. Taken together, these make sure that unauthorized access is prevented, limits are placed on who can access data, lost or compromised data can be recovered, legal requirements and contractual obligations get met, and employees are able to take full responsibility for a cloud network's data security.

What are the fundamental elements to evaluating cloud data security?

If you're committing yourself to a certain cloud provider, you have to know how to evaluate their cloud security footing. First, investigate encryption and access controls – make sure they're up to industry standards. Make sure you understand their compliance certifications and data handling practices. Look into any data breaches they've had and how they responded. How transparent are they generally and specifically? All these are crucial to evaluating cloud data security.

What simple actions can you take to secure your data in the cloud?

It might be annoying, but one of the simplest steps you can take to secure your cloud data is to have strong, unique passwords that change frequently. Enabling multi-factor authentication is also a relatively simple way to keep cloud data secure. Learning to encrypt files before uploading them can help, as can exercising caution about sharing access. Knowing how to read and review access logs is crucial too.

Who should take this data security in the cloud course?

This cloud data security course is excellent for non-technical professionals as well as technical, IT-related employees. Aspiring cybersecurity professionals can take this course to learn the fundamentals of their future career field, but non-technical professionals like project managers or end users in a company should learn to keep their cloud network safe. This course teaches the basic vocabulary, concepts and actions everyone should know to keep data in the cloud safe and secure.
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