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November 10, 2016

SMBs: Free Cloud Storage Systems Could Hurt You

There is an old adage that says “there’s no such thing as a free lunch.” In other words, even if something is free there is always a hidden cost. It may be an indirect cost, but you will have to pay for it one way or another.

When it comes to using free cloud storage systems, you will pay in the form of reduced security. You may get a free service, but it will require sacrificing the stringent security safeguards that can only be found in private cloud or legacy storage environments.

Unfortunately, many business leaders falsely believe that the cloud is inherently secure. The common belief is that someone else is managing the backend infrastructure, so it must be safe and properly maintained.

As a result, many businesses store sensitive data (like medical records and bank card information) in free public cloud environments. According to a recent survey from Clutch, about 25 percent of small-to-medium sized businesses use free cloud storage services. And 11 percent of SMBs use the cloud to store medical records and banking data.

If your business is using free cloud storage services, we strongly encourage you to stop. This is especially important if you need to be HIPAA or PCI compliant. Trusting a free cloud storage service could lead to an expensive and complicated data breach.

Here at Apex Technology Services, our team can provide you with the guidance and support that is needed to manage your own private cloud or legacy storage system. We can help you migrate your data away from the public cloud, and into an environment that is secure and fully owned by your business.

It’s time to take control over your data. To get started, click here.   

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