Chances are, you didn’t become an accounting professional to learn everything about cybersecurity.

And, why should you have to?

Cloud hosting providers (like Right Networks) work tirelessly to ensure that your accounting and business applications stay secure and the financial information they hold remains confidential, so when you get to work, you can…work. It’s that simple.

We worry about cybersecurity (so our customers don’t have to.)

Below are a few ways in which cloud technology keeps customer data confidential. When researching cloud providers, make sure that any company you’re vetting has all of these security protocols covered—at the very least.

Anti-virus Software

What is it? Software that automatically scans a computer for external threats. 

To stop viruses from entering the Right Networks environment, our security team:

  • Monitors external threats
  • Scans incoming data
  • Vets every hosted application for vulnerabilities (before it’s granted access into our cloud)

Firewalls

What are they? Firewalls serve as a protective barrier between a computer and/or network and the internet.

Right Networks (along with reputable hosting providers) have more than a firewall. We have multi-layered firewalls. Our other robust physical and systemic fortresses include:

  • Biometric scanning
  • 24x7x365 onsite security guards
  • Key shuffling systems
  • Bastion host configurations
  • …a lot more

Two-Factor Authentication

What is it? A multi-step authentication system that requires users to verify their identity with a username and/or password as well as another identifying factor.

We entrust DUO, the leading multi-factor authentication program in the security industry, to verify our users’ identities.

Backup Software Services

What are they? The process of backing up data in case of a loss and setting up systems that allow that data to be recovered.

Ever lost hours’ (or days’) worth of work because you weren’t properly synced, or your computer crashed? It’s the worst.

Every night, our team backs up every piece, packet, and line of data. And with Cloud Premier, our award-winning outsourced technology service for CPA firms, those back-ups increase from nightly…to hourly.

This saves our customers from having to spend hours redoing work after accidental deletions, natural disasters…(or when the full mug of coffee you’ve just poured spills across your keyboard and then the screen goes dark and you realize you saved your most recent draft locally even though EVERYONE told you not to but you were planning on uploading it to the cloud after it had been finalized…)

We all have these moments of regret. If I had—I mean, if the employee in that example had been working on his or her project in the cloud, they would have been able to save themselves a lot of time and frustration.

Drive Encryption

What is it? Technology that protects information by encoding or scrambling text, making it unreadable to unauthorized users.

Keeping data encrypted at the highest level ensures information is inaccessible. And, if a hacker gained access to a cloud hosting provider’s data, they’d view a completely undecipherable hodgepodge. Simple as that.

(Secure) Remote Access Services

What are they?  A combination of hardware and software that enables users to securely connect to their business’s information via internet connection.

The Right Networks cloud was built for users to securely connect to their businesses’ software and applications from any internet-connected device. It’s why our customers weren’t Frankenstein-ing together a remote-access solution back in March—they already had it.

Protect yourself, your business, and your clients from…well, you.

Human error is still the prevailing cause of data breach incidents.

Why is that? (See first sentence.)

The simplest way to help keep data secure is by using a cloud hosting provider.

And unless you automatically knew what a “Bastion Host Configuration” was after reading through the section on firewalls—I’d bet you’d be happy to jettison the stress of maintaining a secure environment.

Let the nerds who absolutely adore configuring bastion hosts* give you one less thing to think about. They did go to school to learn everything about cybersecurity, after all.

 


*The actual definition of “bastion host configurations” for all the other curious, tech-loving, non-security majors like me:

A bastion host is a special-purpose computer on a network specifically designed and configured to withstand attacks. The computer generally hosts a single application, e.g. a proxy server, and all other services are removed or limited to reduce the threat to the computer.1

1 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bastion_host

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