The fourth point is physical access to your servers. What exactly are the access controls to your server room? How many different people have access? Do you know what staff and external providers are doing in that room? And please don’t forget the after-hours cleaning staff.
And finally, audits. How often do you have a professional IT audit made by an external company that honestly tells you what the weak points of your security strategy are? And how closely do you follow their recommendations? According to a rough estimate, 40% of all companies using on-premise solutions do not perform a daily backup of their data. Does this news shock you? And are you sure that your company belongs to the other 60%?
Let’s face the facts:
- In today’s world, data security is critical;
- You need to run a business and focus on your customers, employees and goals; and
- Data security is not part of your core business.
In 2020, Microsoft was selected to bid on the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure contract awarded by the Pentagon, the headquarters of the US Department of Defense. The Pentagon is most likely the organisation that values confidentiality the most of any company in the world. And the one with the most to lose! This contract could potentially address many companies’ mistrust of cloud security. Microsoft employs 3,500 engineers specialising in cyber security and invests a billion dollars a year in cyber security.
There is no doubt that the security of Microsoft data centres is far better than that of the server room and IT staff of the average SME. Does this also apply to your company?