A new year always brings new promises, fresh starts and an opportunity to right what was wrong from the past year. With 2011 in the rear view mirror we can make changes that will put us in a better place in 2012. The resolution I’m talking about is finally securing your data in the Cloud. It might sound like a daunting task, but believe me, it’s easier than you think. In 2011 there was an outcropping of attacks by hackers and phishers looking to either corrupt our data, steal it or destroy it. Let’s look back at a few of the startling statistics from 2011:

*Playstation Network was hacked and 77 million user accounts were compromised

*Central Intelligence Agency’s (CIA) website was hacked taking control of site’s accessibility

*PBS.org website was hacked taking control of internal hosts and databases

These attacks and others have cost companies loss of revenue and has hurt the consumer’s wallets as well. So, what is the ironclad approach to securing our personal data? Unfortunately, there is no ironclad approach. There are however, some simple ways that we can protect our data that will keep up from losing all that we have. The majority of us are not CEOs or Executive Vice Presidents, but our data is still important to us and we should treat it as such. With the growth and popularity of Cloud computing, we have the opportunity to create a multi-layered approach to securing our data. Here are 3 small steps you can take this year to secure and back up your data in the Cloud.

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Greg W Stuart
Greg is the owner and editor of vDestination.com. He's been a VMware vExpert every year since 2011. Greg enjoys spending time with his wife and 3 kids. He works as a Sr. Consultant at VMware and resides in Northern Virginia, 15 minutes west of Washington DC.

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