Securing your iCloud

6/7/18 9:12 AM  |  by Jamie Chahino

As the popularity and use of Apple’s technologies increase, the importance of iCloud security increases as well. The iCloud is a cloud computing service that allows users to store data such as documents, photos, and audio on remote servers for download to other devices, to share and send data to other users, and to manage their Apple devices. The main reason this storage solution stands out from the rest is its ability to function as a wireless computing platform. Users are now able to download, back up, transfer, and exchange data without having to sync their phones to their PCs. These aspects have expanded the use of the iCloud from individuals to businesses and their IT systems.

Usually, IT systems use iCloud services to store backups of all company information, such as contacts, events, documents, records, photos, and even expenses or other financials. That being said, the security of iCloud used for IT systems becomes extremely important when considering corporate confidentiality. This specific concern has raised widespread debate on the level of security an iCloud service provides.

There are several precautions that companies are advised to take to ensure the safety of their information. If such measures are not taken, there are various problems that may occur, with hacking being the most prominent and likely.

Possible Problems

If a hacker breaks into a business’s IT system iCloud, they may have the ability to access any information. Such unauthorized access not only affects the business but their customers as well. Usually, the main reason behind a hacker’s actions is simply profit. Crypto jacking—manipulating a target machine to mine cryptocurrency—has become an increasingly popular way for hackers to extract money from businesses through currency blockchains. Businesses victimized by such attacks can suffer high-volume or even devastating losses.

Possible Solutions

Individuals and businesses who use iCloud are highly advised to make take an aggressive approach to cybersecurity. The top six recommendations are:

  • Continuously monitor user activity.
  • Maintain constant surveillance of network traffic.
  • Research or test host vulnerabilities.
  • Invest in cloud-native security tools.
  • Ask your Cloud provider what’s next for their security architecture.
  • Never stop employing best security practices.

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