As the world moves to the cloud, our information is becoming further and further removed from our direct control. We never see the systems that hold the data that we rely on. We simply trust that the technology professionals of the world will keep it secure. And for the most part, they do. Odds are that most of the data that you store in the cloud will never be hacked or stolen.
But in the next few years, a lot of people, including Steve Wozniak, believe that with more and more data living in “the cloud,” the chances of it being compromised will increase. It’s a curse of the convenience. The easier it is for you to access your data from anywhere, the more likely it is that someone else will try to get at your information too. Take a minute and read about Mat Honan, the tech journalist who recently detailed a frightening hack of his entire digital life. The bottom line is that the more our lives are interlinked on the cloud the more opportunity there will be for savvy people with malicious intent to wreak havoc.
Not convinced? Consider the latest evolution of malware - ‘Ransomware.’ This iteration is particularly insidious because it infects users through legitimate websites and email. Although it’s completely different than what happened to Mr. Honan, it still emphasizes that things “in the Cloud” we use daily and trust to be safe, may not be.
AtNetPlus has been battling computer threats since its founding, back in 1998, and will continue to stay on top of the latest threats to keep our customers secure. If you’ve been hit by the latest barrage of malware, we can help. Or if you’d like to educate your employees on simple ways to better protect themselves and your company from infection, ask us about having our Prevention Trainer give some practical tips to your staff.
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