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Often the weakest points of any system are user accounts with passwords that are easily guessed or an account that is accidentally left active when it should have been disabled. In fact, according to a recent article in Information Week, “the combination of poor passwords and automated attacks means that in just 110 attempts, a hacker will typically gain access to one new account on every second or a mere 17 minutes to break into 1000 accounts.”

A common way to reduce the risk is to ensure any system that you adopt can leverage your users’ existing accounts that may be in Active Directory or even Google Apps rather than create yet another username and password for users and IT to manage. This integration should work with pre-existing password policies and advanced configurations such as two-factor authentication. It is also important that when access to an account, folder, or file is disabled or removed, the action takes effect immediately rather than taking a day or more.

There is no question that businesses can benefit from moving data to the cloud. The cloud is elastic and efficient. It can improve user productivity and unburden IT staff, saving time and money. It can accommodate anything from simple file sharing to mission-critical data backup. The question is, just how secure is your cloud? And how do you know?

There are major differences among cloud providers in their approach to security and their use of security technologies, processes, and personnel. These differences can have a major impact on the availability, integrity, accessibility, privacy, and compliance of your data — and can directly impact your business.

This slideshow provides a list of questions, developed by Syncplicity, that you should ask any prospective cloud provider, whether that is your internal IT department or a third-party cloud service provider.


Related Topics : Unisys, Stimulus Package, Security Breaches, Symantec, Electronic Surveillance

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