Using Security as a Driver to the Cloud, Rather Than a Barrier
Cloud adoption has been on a huge upward trend the last few years, and this is set to continue into the future. One of the key driving forces behind this increase has been the acknowledgement that the cloud has the capability to enhance an organisation's IT security. In fact, it is now in the top 3 reasons for migrating to the cloud (behind only cost and disaster recovery).
In the past, the cloud has been associated with a loss of control over information, but businesses are now realising that is a misconception and are seeing the cloud as an environment to securely store their information and systems.
Cybersecurity has been high on the agenda for businesses recently; with high profile data breaches affecting companies such as Three, Sports Direct and Tesco Bank, and a study revealing that cyber attacks are costing UK businesses £34bn a year. In response to this, businesses are starting to enhance their cyber security defences. However, many are only able to put in place the basic levels of protection and are therefore turning to cloud providers to help fill the gap.
Cloud providers have built their business around their security competencies and are much better equipped to deal with security breaches. But, what actually makes the cloud more secure than an in-house system?
In most offices, a locked door is the main defence to protect IT equipment, sensitive files, and personal data. In contrast, a cloud providers’ data centre will have multi-layered security defences including’ security cameras, guards and entry checks. These are designed to, not only prevent unauthorised people from entering the building but monitor the surrounding area, also.
Storing your business critical data off-site in the cloud means, employees and visitors are physically separated from it. It cannot be accessed by anyone unintentionally.
Furthermore, because the data is stored offsite on an independent system, the consequences of any error led security breaches are greatly diminished.
Partnering with a cloud provider not only gives you access to state of the art equipment and software but also highly skilled IT professionals.
Cloud providers specialise in virtual security and keeping sensitive information secure, they will have people there to monitor the systems at all time who can respond to any issues immediately, and have the experience to know how to respond.
Cloud providers will undergo frequent audits to ensure there are no flaws in their systems and to ensure they retain any security accreditations they have. In-house legacy systems do not have this requirement. Over a five-year period, in-house systems may only get audited once and this leaves room for security gaps to arise. Furthermore, as a company grows so do their systems and becomes more difficult to update as a result.
As more businesses begin using the Cloud, it is inevitable that they will see tangible benefits, such as improved business efficiency, flexible access to data, and more advanced security.
Greater reliance on cloud services will quell remaining security concerns and indirectly show how the Cloud is more secure than antiquated on-premises systems.