I was working in an office near the end of the cloud data revolution. Networking at my office was still entirely local. The only thing we did in the cloud was email.
Today, the only reason to keep a local server is to appease certain government regulations. The internet is as stable as electricity and it’s rare you get an internet outage without a power outage anyway.
Therefore, it’s now silly to spend the money on maintaining a local data network when you could secure your valuables in the cloud. But even today, cloud data management can have its challenges.
Here are the challenges you might face as an entrepreneur and how to mitigate them in the process.
1. Threats Inside Are Just as Likely
Even though you’re storing your data in the cloud, it doesn’t mean you have a license to forget about internal data security. In fact, you need to be doubly concerned about inside threats. Why? Because now someone could access your data from outside your building with certain access codes.
The threat may not even be malicious. It might just be that idiot number five just downloaded malware onto his workstation and didn’t even know it.
Workplace cyber idiocy is a common problem. Two-thirds of data records compromised in 2017 were due to employee error and not malicious intent.
2. Outside Threats Will Never Go Away
Even with the best cloud security, you won’t ever be entirely safe from outside attacks. Even the largest companies suffer from attacks each year.
If someone malicious gets ahold of customer data, you will have a possible lawsuit on your hands. You’ll not only lose customers, but you might even lose money in the litigation process.
Your employee data is also valuable. An attacker could exploit HR data and use it to steal people’s social security numbers.
Be sure to hire the best in cyber security and vette all your cloud data services before buying.
3. Make Sure Your Data Needs Are Scalable
You might be able to get a cheap deal if you lock yourself into a five-year data plan. But what if you grow faster than anticipated?
You might need to read more here about things like colocation or other cloud data practices. But doing your research before committing to a data plan will help you stay in the loop and ready for a sudden surge in data needs.
4. Save Money By Eliminating Redundancy
Sometimes redundant data is necessary. Rarely do you need to keep multiple copies of the same data files.
The cloud isn’t one mystical location in heaven. It’s a network of data centers across the globe. The best data plans backup your data in hundreds of locations across the globe.
If one center goes dark, another center takes its place. Your data will be accessible no matter what (barring our sun going supernova or the moon exploding).
Just don’t be a data packrat. And encourage your employees to keep from becoming data packrats. If it’s not useful for the operation get rid of it. You won’t need as much space as you think when you’re keeping your data files slim.