Although most businesses in the US are using the cloud to some extent for business data, applications, or processes, there’s still a lot of fear around security. Without direct control of where your data is located, how can you know that it’s safe? In reality, most paranoia about the cloud is just that. The cloud is more secure than ever and could even be safer than traditional data storage solutions.
With traditional enterprise data storage, data is stored on location or in separate, company-owned data centers. This means it’s up to company IT specialists to monitor and safeguard all company data from breaches and intrusion. But when your IT specialists have hardware maintenance and repairs, server and network upkeep, and strategic company goals to worry about, how much time can they really devote to data security?
Cloud service providers have the advantage over enterprise IT in terms of time and expertise because their main goal is to provide their customers with secure cloud solutions.
Multi-Faceted Security Solutions
The days of perimeter security for technology are long gone. While barrier solutions like firewalls still have their utility, they’re no longer enough protection, or even deterrent, against attacks. Cloud providers understand this, and devote resources to a wide variety of security solutions such as data encryption, identity-based management, and automated defense responses.
Constantly Updated Systems
Failing to update applications, software, and operating systems in a timely manner can have disastrous results, as we saw earlier this year with the WannaCry ransomware attack. With yearly audits and dedicated personnel, cloud providers protect their systems by updating systems as soon as updates are available. On-premise data solutions are not subjected to such scrutiny, and routine updates often fall by the wayside, especially with large numbers of employee desktops and other devices. This could provide easy points of access to company and customer data, which could devastate the business’s reputation, and therefore revenue.
As several high-profile security breaches this year have proven, data losses and theft do happen. While data security breaches are undoubtedly expensive and damaging to company image, the best way to salvage operations in the wake of an attack is to have a recovery plan and data backups. While data backups can and should be done in on-premise data storage, the process is made much simpler and cost effective with the cloud. More data centers means more places to store and secure redundant copies of data and applications, allowing the business to get back on track after data loss.
Email is another common point of entry for cyber attacks, and company files and data that is shared through email is vulnerable. With cloud-based file sharing applications, files can be shared for communication and collaboration without compromising their security. Without needing to encrypt and decrypt files as they are shared via email, work can be done more efficiently.
While fears about the cloud still linger, they are largely baseless. With the right provider, cloud-based data storage and applications can actually be more secure than traditional, on-premise solutions, giving your business more resources for success as well as peace of mind.