What is data encryption in the cloud?

Posted by: Schepisi - Friday, July 31, 2015

What is data encryption?

Technically speaking, data encryption is a process that changes electronic information into an unreadable format.

Encrypting data means it is less likely to be interpreted if it is compromised or if a network is hacked.

In simple terms, encryption is an electrical process that hides information so that it can’t be read unless you have special permissions (most commonly, passwords).

Traditionally, businesses kept and managed data themselves, on their own premises.

However, with the growth of cloud computing over the last several years, we’ve found that the on-premise model often becomes less manageable and viable.

The growth in cloud services has resulted in the need for secure encryption that protects data even when it is removed from the physical parameters of a business or enterprise.

data encryption in cloud computing
Data encryption has evolved from military use.

Why is it important?

Due to the expansion of our globally connected network, data encryption has evolved from military and government usage and has exploded into the public sphere.

The way businesses operate today (global communication, heavy reliance on the internet, cloud usage, and data transmission between employees, clients, departments, or vendors) means we’ve had to develop and improve the ways we secure such information as it is transmitted.

Data encryption is important because, put simply, it can help to keep sensitive and private data secure.

Think of all the times you enter sensitive information online (even unrelated to your business). To name just a few:

  • Credit and debit card numbers and expiry dates
  • Billing addresses
  • Bank account information
  • Driver’s licence number and expiry dates
  • Date of birth
  • Full name
  • Tax file number

The demand for security has never been higher!

Secure websites (particularly e-commerce ones) will encrypt this sort of sensitive data when it is entered. A customer enters this information when they want to make an online purchase.

Where does cloud computing fit into data encryption?

Cloud computing demands data encryption

Initially, data is encrypted when it is transferred to the cloud.

This process ensures your move to the cloud is as safe as secure as possible, while minimising the risk of infiltration by third-party hackers.

There’s no one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to cloud security

Depending on how you use your cloud, how often you are extracting data, what you’re storing in the cloud, and the cloud model you’re deploying, security measures may differ.

Rest assured though that from the moment you begin your cloud journey (even if it begins with just a cloud consultation) Schepisi will help clarify which security measure works for which kind of protection.

Be smart

Ensure you clearly understand your user agreement, which specifies how your data is used and stored.

If you require further explanation, you must ask questions: clarifying exactly how your cloud storage works will iron out any confusion or misinformation!

Final thoughts on cloud security and solutions

The best way to ensure the best security and safety in the cloud is to get it right from the beginning. Get the right information, and trust a provider who can craft a solution tailored exactly to your needs, budget, and mode of operation.

Choose expertise, knowledge, and the right product to provide you with a structured cloud strategy and a secure cloud solution.

Beyond that, you’ll be using cloud computing to its full potential, while at the same time, benefiting from the cloud’s many advantages.

So where to begin? Start here: organise a cloud consultation and let’s talk.

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