Streamlining business to the cloud can significantly improve the convenience and costs of doing business. Businesses are increasingly moving towards cloud-based technology to conduct their day-to-day business dealings. But, the seriousness of this transition and the related dangers that could possibly occur cannot be overlooked.

While there are a great number of real benefits a business can experience by utilizing this technology, mistakes can be made that could seriously impact the efficiency and overall security of a business. Here are the top five cloud computing mistakes most commonly made by businesses.

Not establishing role-based access

It’s absolutely essential that you limit access to different information only to the specific personnel that are qualified to receive it. In the same way that not everyone within an office has access to financial information about the business, not everyone working within the cloud should have access to everything contained within.

Information cannot be compromised, so it’s vital that each individual, dependant on their role, is set up with an appropriate level of access. “An added level of security that’s recommended to safeguard information, is to add a two-step authentication process at all access points. This helps ensure that your cloud resources are not accessed without authorization, either accidentally or maliciously”, – says Mike Baldwin, a Data Analyst at Big Assignments.

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Assuming your cloud data is automatically protected

It is a typical assumption made by many companies that their cloud-based data is protected by the company providing the technology. Simply put, this is not true and, even though your cloud provider may have to comply with certain security standards, it does not mean that you aren’t responsible for securing your own data. All data held within your cloud needs to be encrypted and secured at your own time and expense. But, the good news is that putting these protections into place tends to lead to cost savings over time, because it prevents the loss of valuable information.

Not ensuring a reliable connection

It can be tempting to try to cut costs by choosing a lower-priced storage option or unreliable internet services. Lucille Highsmith, a Cloud Computing Manager at UK Writings gives her comment on the issue: “Don’t put your valuable cloud data at risk in order to save a bit of money, because in the end it will end up costing you more financially and in all of the trouble and hardship of losing your information. Your cloud-based business is your business, so don’t risk compromising it.  Always ensure you’ve got the proper network requirements necessary to properly run your cloud-based infrastructure.”

Getting locked-in by your vendor

Moving from one cloud-based provider to another is not as simple as it may see. There are a number of factors that may come into play when attempting to make this shift that may actually make it impossible to complete. In this situation, you could essentially be locked-in to your current vendor, despite your desire to move on. Always be sure to read the fine print before signing on to any cloud provider, and ask questions prior to any agreement being made. Ask point-blank what the requirements are for moving your data out of their cloud.

Not having a backup plan

Knowing and understanding the different avenues of data retrieval is an essential component of your cloud-based recovery plan. “It’s more peace of mind that your data is safe and secure, and you’ll be equipped with the confidence that you’re taking steps to ensure your data is backed up and protected in the event of a disaster”, – comments Mark Lazo, an Operation Manager at Australian Help.

Many businesses are taking their work to the clouds because of the ease at which they can collaborate and share data, along with the cost savings associated. But, it’s essential that you’re taking the necessary steps to avoid these common mistakes, so you and your data don’t fall victim to the damaging effects that come along with them.