So I'm sure most of you have heard of the new cloud-based technologies, but if aren't familiar with the term it is technologies such as Facebook, Gmail, Twitter, and one I wasn't well versed on, Salesforce. For a very thorough discussion of the history and pros and cons of cloud computing you can visit Wikipedia. Cloud computing may be sometime in the future for your small business, but one figure a recent article from Bloomberg Business Week really caught my attention.
Ponemon Institute conducts research on privacy, data protections, and information security policy and their annual study reported that the cost of a data breach rose to $204 for each compromised customer record. The article makes the very valid point that for a small business any breach of security could be a terrible blow. The article provides five tips for safeguarding your network and data, so it might be a good idea to check them out before your business engages in any part of cloud computing. After all as Miguel de Cervantes once wrote:Forewarned, forearmed; to be prepared is half the victory.
Miguel de Cervantes