Small Business Computing - 10 Cloud Computing Security Tips for Small Businesses


(8-Mar-11) Cloud computing can represent a net gain in data security and system reliability – especially for small businesses with aging computers and data stored on hard drives that rarely -- if ever -- experience a back up.

But that doesn’t mean you can take security and reliability for granted. Protecting your company in the cloud requires careful due diligence and planning. Start here with these 10 cloud computing security tips.

1. Identify and Assign Value to Assets

Assets could be include applications such as customer relationship management (CRM) or accounting; data, including private customer information; or infrastructure such as hosted servers and operating systems.

The Cloud Security Alliance (CSA), an industry association set up to promote security in the cloud, recommends a structured, step-by-step approach to planning and managing cloud security, and this is where it starts.

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