Protected Voices: Cloud-Based Services

Protected Voices: Cloud-Based Services


When you use cloud-based
services, you’re relying on a third party to keep your
sensitive information safe. Hi, I’m Amy, a special
agent with the FBI. Cloud-based services offer a
convenient way to store your data and access that information
anywhere through an Internet
connection. When you use a cloud-based
service provider, you’re outsourcing the burden of
maintaining and upgrading software, storage, and
other IT infrastructure. A secure cloud environment is an
effective way to store data and to manage who can access it. Large corporations and the U.S. Department of Defense, among
others, use cloud services. One of the benefits of
cloud-based services is that they eliminate the need for
local servers, which are attractive targets
for attackers. There are basically three ways
to configure your system: Set up your own server, use a
free third-party service, or use a paid third-party
service. How can you decide the best way
to safeguard your campaign’s sensitive
information? When you’re contemplating your
options, know what you’re
getting into. If you want a safe place to
store your information about campaign strategies, donors, and
staffers, and you don’t have a highly trained cyber expert on
your campaign staff, you’re generally better off using a
reputable cloud service provider rather than trying to build
and maintain a server in your campaign office yourself. Take some time to read the
entire end-user license agreement-the fine print-for any
cloud service provider you’re considering, whether their
services are free or paid. Those terms and conditions
should spell out what happens to the information you
put on the cloud. Will it be collected and
sold to third parties? What can the cloud services
provider do with your information? Who will have
access to your data? How much storage do you need? It’s generally worth paying for
cloud-based services so you can take advantage of better
information security and
features. A little research should
help you find the reputable cloud-based service providers. Make a point of carefully
setting up managerial controls that limit access
to trusted managers. Calibrate your settings to
ensure your private campaign data remains private and can’t
be viewed by just anyone. And make sure access to
cloud-based services uses multi-factor
authentication-which is the subject of another of our videos
on campaign cybersecurity. Only you can decide the best
balance of security, cost, and privacy for your campaign. There’s no foolproof way to
solve all cybersecurity issues. But carefully weighing the pros
and cons of where to store your data is an important step. Remember, your voice
matters, so protect it.

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