For many veterinarians, cloud software, like Navetor, is an invaluable resource, loved for its convenience, easy access, automatic updates and great support. But those who are still new to the idea of cloud software often ask about the security of data stored in the cloud. We are bombarded with news stories about breaches of security, identity theft, fraud, and a variety of hacks and unseen viruses lurking in the background. There’s no doubt that we all need to stay vigilant about security—whether we’re using cloud or server software.
Security Threats in the Cloud … and on the Ground
While some may think that the cloud makes their data more vulnerable because data is stored offsite, the truth is quite the opposite. Security in cloud software is best comparable to the security of a bank vault. Think of a large secure zone, with individually secured smaller areas contained within. Just because a person has access to one area doesn’t mean they have access to any other. The walls, chains, and padlocks are there—we just can’t see them.
In most cases, data stored in the cloud is far safer than the data stored on physical computers. Cloud software solutions are operated and monitored by fully dedicated providers whose primary job is to keep data safe, with all the resources needed at their disposal. They understand the latest threats and can counteract them far more efficiently than a veterinarian whose computer got hacked within the practice.
Cloud software also allows providers to be more proactive with technical and physical safeguards and enables them to have better responsiveness in the event any issues do arise. With transparency and the ability to monitor components, updates, and adherence to policies, providers can quickly and carefully manipulate the system to keep users and their data safe from threats. This is simply a resource that most veterinarian practices do not have in-house.
Additionally, there are significant physical threats for those who choose to keep their data on their computers or an in-house server. With cloud software, data is not stored on a local desktop or server, so it is better protected against fires, floods, tornadoes, or other natural disasters.
Tips to Keep Your Data Secure with Cloud Software
At Navetor, we use security and authentication protocols to ensure that any data collected is protected and safe from threat. We utilize Microsoft Azure server technology, which is continuously updated by Microsoft and is considered the gold standard in security. In fact, the same technology is used by government agencies to protect their own data in the cloud. Arguably, you can’t get much more secure.
Further, in alignment with industry best practices, we update our systems regularly and encrypt data while it’s “in motion.” We follow the highest security encryption protocols and perform regular system testing. We also make regular enhancements to our security settings to prohibit unauthorized access to data.
There are also many ways for veterinarians and their staff to do their part to help keep their data secure in the cloud. Here are a few tips:
- Perform timely updates to your hardware and networks. Cloud software platforms are updated regularly behind the scenes, but your hardware and network may need manual updates.
- Always use strong passwords, and change them at least quarterly, if not monthly.
- Never store passwords in your browser or on your smartphone.
- Ensure that all team members log off of the system when leaving their workstations during the day and when leaving the practice in the evening.
- Avoid using public wi-fi. Publicly shared networks can easily allow others to get into your data. Instead, use a VPN for internet access when you are not in the office or on a private network.
- Stay updated on current scams and threats.
- Remind your employees never to click suspicious links in their emails.
As veterinary practice owners, it’s crucial to ensure that your data is secure to protect your business as well as your client’s personal information. But when you work with a reputable cloud software platform like NaVetor, you can rest assured that significant security measures are in place to keep your data safe in the cloud.
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