It's hardly a secret that cyberattacks are on the rise. Unfortunately, small businesses in particular are increasingly becoming targets.
In fact, up to half of all small companies have already been attacked, with an average cost of about $9,000 per incident, according to the National Small Business Association.
One solution could be turning to the cloud to store your data. Generally speaking, that means using a service offered by companies such as Amazon or Google, or from dedicated storage providers like Box and Dropbox. While housing your business's valuable digital assets on someone else's servers may give you pause, you can be sure your cloud provider's bread and butter is around making sure it remains secure.
You, on the other hand, still have to make sure you secure access when you log on, which is the weak link in the chain, according to Patrick Heim, Dropbox's head of trust and security. Fortunately, there are numerous precautions you can take, and with pretty minimal cost.
Here are five things Heim recommends.
1. Do your due diligence. Once you've decided you want to move to the cloud, there are numerous providers. Choose one that has a certification from a trusted outside group. The International Organization for Standardization has something called ISO 27001. The Cloud Security Alliance's Security, Trust & Assurance Registry (STAR) is another. And the American Institute for Certified Public Accountants has service organization control reports, or SOCs, that will vouch for compliance.