Cloud Security Under The Spotlight
The benefits of cloud storage are more than just pie in the sky. Immediate access no matter your location. The ultimate in space saving in your office. A huge reduction in IT costs. This is no secret – 93% of organisations are currently using cloud services. But, above all, cloud security needs to be at the forefront of your mind.
All companies need to backup their data. This can be done through enterprise IT or on the cloud. However, both of these can be accessed from outside of an organisation without permission. In addition, a story pops up every now and then about how a celebrity has had their cloud account hacked. Then, there’s a flurry of media activity about the loopholes in cloud security. Measures do need to be taken to safeguard from risk. But, what is the real level of risk? We spell it out below.
The pros of cloud security
Cybersecurity is a hot topic at the moment and fears do circulate around cloud security. In fact, 49% of businesses are delaying cloud deployment due to a cybersecurity skills gap, according the research by McAfee. However, as long as you have your cloud security measures in place, the benefits considerably outweigh the drawbacks.
A reputable cloud computing solution will have cybersecurity measures built into the fabric of its network. This will help to prevent third-party access and tampering. Cloud security solutions are also safeguarded by tight industry and Government compliance controls. These are heavily regulated to protect your data and intellectual property. In addition, a survey by RapidScale found that 94% of businesses actually saw an improvement to their business security after switching to the cloud.
If you outsource your cloud security for file and data management, ensure that the company you use covers all of the cybersecurity basics. This includes monitoring your network around the clock, using robust antivirus software and patch management. This frees up your time to concentrate on driving your business forward. Research found that 65% of people who had switched to cloud security found the ability to quickly meet business demands as a major advantage.
The cons of cloud security
It does make sense to have some fears over cloud security. After all, you are entrusting your data and intellectual property to servers and systems which you do not own, operate or control.
In addition, no internet-based system which relies on remote access is perfectly secure. Your provider should take all the necessary steps to tighten up cloud security, but data breaches do still happen.
But, there’s several steps you can take to boost your cloud security:
- Know who has access to what information or resource and how.
- Limit data access for different teams or departments.
- Extend security measures to all devices which use the cloud.
- Keep on top of global security news and make sure you’re up to date and following best practice.
- Carry out regular cloud security audits and don’t be scared to implement change if needed.
- Consider using multiple backup solution so that your data is not lost in the event of an attack.
So, is cloud security worth taking the risk? If you are using a reputable cloud computing provider or outsourcing to a credible IT support team then the advantages outweigh the disadvantages.
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