Cloud Encryption | Cybersecurity

23 Nov

The how and why of cloud encryption

Data encryption is a major part of every effective cybersecurity setup – but what is it, how does it work, and why should you be interested in data storage, and more specifically, how your data is encrypted in the cloud? To answer these questions, we’ve put together a guide on cloud encryption.

Read on to find out everything a business owner needs to know about keeping cloud data safe.

cloud encryption 101

The Internet has revolutionised the way we do things, and it’s all thanks to the flow of data.

  • There are quadrillions of data fragments floating around in cyberspace at any given time, and it’s essential for internet users to keep theirs safe.
  • One of the ways you can prevent hackers and other cyber criminals from accessing your data is by making sure that it’s encrypted.

Encryption is a technical term that basically means scrambling your data so that outsiders won’t understand it. If you ever played code cracking games at school or have watched a documentary about the old decoding machines used by spies during World War II, you already have a good idea of how this process works.

Modern day encryption simply takes this process to the next level by ensuring that data moving between your computer and the cloud (data in transit)  can only be read by authorised users and ditto for the data stored on your devices (data at rest).

Encryption is done by using secure end to end protection that scrambles the information being sent and received. This offers better protection than HTTPS which is found on every web browser.

the benefits of encryption

There’s a lot of valuable data moving around between your computer and the cloud: just think of how much information you send via the internet on a daily basis.

  • Your Internet banking details, email passwords, information used to file tax returns with SARS, and other valuable company information could be intercepted by hackers or malware creators – and if they can read it, the damage could be almost unlimited.

By encrypting your data you’ll ensure that you (and  only you) can read it. Even if it does get intercepted the unauthorised user would need to crack the code before they can use it for anything – and that usually takes more time and skill than most hackers are willing to invest.

keep your data safe with secure cloud hosting

Don’t you wish you could secure your data remotely and access it whenever you need to? You can. Our range of cloud storage solutions with data encryption are ideal for families and businesses of all sizes. For more information, contact us today.

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