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Cyberattacks, ransomware, data breaches… These are all part of our everyday vocabulary. But they don’t need to be. Not with the help of the Cloud and proper security solutions. Learn here how using the Cloud can protect your clients’ businesses.

We’re going to examine how the Cloud and little bit of cyber TLC can keep your clients off the front page of local and even national newspapers.

Tell your clients to look around… to pick up a copy of their local newspaper, scroll through their Facebook or LinkedIn news feed, and they’ll see an alarming trend… Companies hit with ransomware attacks and data breaches that expose millions of patient and consumer records. It goes on and on, and on. When will it stop? Who knows?

How Can The Cloud Keep Your Clients’ Businesses Secure?

I’ll tell you. But first, we need to address the fact that nothing is 100% secure. Hackers and cybercriminals will find a way in if they want your clients’ information bad enough.

Hacking, ransomware and social engineering exploits are all serious threats to businesses across the country. When was the last time you got a phone call from someone claiming to be Microsoft Tech Support? Believe it or not, this happens every day.

So how can the Cloud help? It’s been proven time after time that cloud solutions are more secure than traditional on-premise servers technology. Why is this?… Because cloud providers take security seriously. They are obsessed about it. Cloud companies don’t want to be on the front page.

Does this commitment stop all cyberthreats?… Of course not. This is why Cloud Service Providers are continuously educating partners and their clients about cybersecurity.

How Can Your Clients Use The Cloud Securely?

Your clients needn’t be worried as long they have you deploy cybersecurity solutions and a layered defense that automatically blocks and eliminates the latest threats.

They can no longer depend on just anti-virus or firewalls. They need more sophisticated and current IT enterprise-based defense solutions.

Cybersecurity training is a must for any sized organization because the computer user is more often the gateway for a cybersecurity event to occur.

Make sure they get their staff members trained. Having you conduct ongoing Security Awareness Training for their employees should be a top priority.

For example, a CryptoMix ransomware has resurfaced. It first appeared in 2016. It’s a combination of CryptoWall and CryptXXX, hence the name CryptoMix. Until recently, it had disappeared. Now it’s back.

Using The Right Cloud Solutions Can Increase Your Clients’ IT Security

If their data and applications are backed up in a virtualized cloud solution, they’ll always have access to them, even if the ransomware attacker encrypts them on their computers or servers.

As with anything, the best offense is a good defense, so it’s best for your clients to be proactive to ensure security when using the Cloud.

What Else Can You Do To Make Your Clients’ IT More Secure?

1. Store Their IT In High-Security Cloud-Based Data Centers.

Tell your clients how secured data centers combine high-tech security with the latest in server room controls. They provide:

  • Stringent levels of physical security.
  • 24/7 monitoring and maintenance by IT security professionals.
  • Buildings specifically designed to house high-tech networking equipment with suppression systems that won’t get water on equipment.

2. Provide Remote Security Patching & Updates.

Explain to your clients how each month, Microsoft releases numerous essential patches and updates that must be applied to servers. Let them know that you will keep their servers and applications fully patched on an ongoing basis.

3. Provide Reliable and Recoverable Back Ups.

Do your clients know that if a cybercriminal holds their data for ransom or an employee accidentally deletes their computer files, that with cloud-based backup and recovery services, they can get back up and running quickly?

What Else Should Your Clients Do To Ensure Cloud Security?

Whether they rely on cloud computing or not, your clients must be vigilant about cybersecurity. The Cloud is as safe as they make it. For example:

  • Are they using easy-to-guess passwords or the same passwords across various accounts?
  • Does their staff know how to recognize a phishing email?
  • Do they properly control who has access to their data?
  • What about encryption services. Are they using them?
  • Are they having you conduct risk assessments to shore up their cyber defenses?

Regardless of the cloud technology that comes along over the next few years, the way to safely store data won’t change. It requires some effort by your clients and their employees, and it requires a bit of common sense.

The human factor is still the most significant risk factor in most equations. If your clients follow a few simple tips, they can ensure that their confidential information remains safe in the Cloud.

Want to continue this conversation? Let’s discuss how the Cloud can protect your clients from cyberattacks.

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