There are good reasons why my client Microsoft* can claim that 85 percent of Fortune 500 companies rely on the security protections provided by their impressive global datacenters. The company has spent billions of dollars to ensure that highly knowledgeable security professionals use a massive infrastructure to retain control over ever-changing security risks.
Your small business has not reached the Fortune 500 stage… yet. But, if major corporations trust the security of the cloud, you should consider following suit. Cloud services are scaled to your needs, so you won’t pay major-corporation prices. You will, however, benefit from the same impressive safeguards for your valuable data.
#4. It’s not just about data protection.
If you think that data security is the only reason for using the cloud, you need to widen your vision. Anything that you can take out of the physical confines of your workplace benefits from reduced exposure to risk, as well.
Can you afford lost voice communications when a local power outage affects your business for a day or even a week? A cloud-based phone system like the one offered by my client Nextiva* can make the difference between continuing operations and coming to a grinding halt.
At a monthly price that is typically lower than you might pay for traditional phone systems, power outages will not silence communications. In fact, even if the Internet is down, the Cloud keeps things moving by forwarding calls.
Data security is everyone’s responsibility.
No matter how impressively cloud providers protect data, security is a team effort. Any small business owner still has to take common-sense measures. Cloud providers can’t protect businesses that provide free physical access to computer systems. Similarly, you need to take full advantage of network security options that limit employees solely to information that they need.
Finally, train your employees well, and set up written rules and limitations, while keeping in mind that you have the right to monitor most personal use of company computers. Long work hours may necessitate their need to conduct personal business from the work place. When they can’t use their personal smart phones, however, they still need to enlist safe computing practices.
Ready to move to the cloud? Check out what Microsoft has to offer.
* Disclosure: this company has a client relationship with CarolRoth.com or its affiliated entities
Carol Roth is a national media personality, "recovering" investment banker, dealmaker, investor, speaker and author of the New York Times bestselling book, The Entrepreneur Equation.