Backups, Crime and You: Getting to know the Cloud



Did you know that the illicit trading of personal data was worth $3.88 billion last year? Cybercrime is a successful industry known for its innovation. It goes far beyond the vision many of us have of some hacker nerd in his basement. Many who engage in this activity are professionals and work in large, collaborative teams. Some may even be sponsored by governments. If you follow the news, you know that large corporations and even government agencies who have fallen prey to hackers and had massive amounts of data compromised. Unfortunately, this has led smaller firms to feel they fly below the radar. In fact, the opposite is true. Small businesses need to be hyper vigilant about security. In fact, most hackers gain access to large corporations via the backdoor of smaller vendors. If you share documents and confidential, proprietary data, you are exactly what a hacker is looking for. Your employee’s thumb drives and internal hard drives are ripe for data theft. These are just too easily hacked. Consequently, you should be looking to migrate your data sharing away from on-site hardware and individual storage devices. Get those critical documents out of your hardware and into a cloud-based, secure endpoint. The cloud is an excellent alternative to maintaining in-house servers and document storage. In addition to saving the labor and capital expense of supporting this infrastructure, a firm eliminates a serious business-interrupting scenario. Using a cloud solution, documents and other data that employees use to conduct business and share with clients are protected in the cloud platform where redundancies are in-place to ensure almost 99.9% or greater operability. It is an easy solution to ensure you never lose access to important business documents.


A little about the author. Applied Integration is a Managed IT Service Provider that works with companies to add to or supplement their IT Departments. Operating in Salt Lake City servicing companies in Utah and nationwide for over 20 years, they specialize in IT Solutions, computer support, IT Management and software support including Microsoft 365, Windows 10 and Spruce POS systems.


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