When net neutrality was repealed, many individuals felt concerned over the impact on their personal privacy. This concern is real; without the regulations that were once in place to keep corporations from tracking your online activities and throttling your speeds, you’re essentially at the mercy of your ISP. You don’t have any option to set your privacy settings to ‘high.’
In addition to concerns over personal privacy, businesses need to be concerned as well. ISPs can also datamine what businesses are doing online, with unrestricted access! The growth of cloud computing means that more and more transactions travel through an ISP. If you want to keep your data private, you must implement the combination of a private cloud and VPN.
In a recent Forbes article, Francis Dinha, OpenVPN CEO, called out business owners to move to private clouds: “I’m… advising business leaders to prepare for changes by rethinking how they store their data and to begin a move to using the private cloud and private networks for collaboration.”
Your data is an extremely important asset for your business. Are you treating it as such? Dinha highlighted the need when he wrote, “Many of us are already using cloud services, such as Dropbox and Google, for file sharing to improve processes. I recommend that you lease or own a private cloud with a dedicated IP space to store your data.”
With private cloud, your business purchases the exclusive use of servers in a segregated environment, which gives you a setup with greater privacy and higher security. For many businesses, the first step is to create a hybrid solution where you have a mix of cloud-provided services that are both public and private as well as services hosted onsite. You can create the perfect recipe to cook up exactly what your business needs with the flexibility of a hybrid solution. For additional information on private clouds, we’ve provided a blog post here that covers security, regulations, and reliability.
Dinha mentioned, in addition to the private cloud, the need for a private network. This is done through a Virtual Private Network or VPN. Setting one up encrypts your data, protecting it from the prying (and data-mining) eyes of an ISP. It’s currently the only way to provide your own protection since the repeal of net neutrality. Without a VPN, using a private cloud still grants some access to your ISP — make sure you shield it completely.
In addition to protecting your privacy, adding a VPN for your business also provides you with a few bonus benefits (find more details on these in our blog post):
Finally, remember this advice that Dinha shared with Forbes: “Don’t assume that you have privacy online, ever. If you have something to share that you don’t want others to see, don’t put it on the internet.”