Cyber-breaches, hacking, and other online attacks on our technology and IT systems is a part of everyday life. Barely a day goes by without report of an organisation, corporation, or institution being brought to its knees by a malicious attack. And when it has impact on those institutions that ‘really’ matter to us, as we’ve seen with the NHS ransomware attacks, we all sit up, take notice, and ponder just how safe we all are, when operating in an online environment.
In particular, in our use of the cloud, and cloud-based applications.
As cloud usage continues to expand across enterprises, so there persists a level of doubt and concern about its safety and security, in the face of ongoing global online threats.
Here’s our take on the situation:
The Cloud offers greater security to data than traditional IT data centres
It’s understandable that there may be an uncertainty about security in the cloud, given that you are storing data in a ‘virtual’ environment, on servers that are not yours. But don’t be seduced into the idea that this creates added vulnerability.
In fact, as techtarget report, it’s not where your data is stored, it’s the way in which it can be accessed where the vulnerability lies. If your access points are weak and under-protected, be it traditional systems or the cloud, then your data can be at risk.
This is where your data can benefit from the most robust security when working with reputable cloud providers. Providers who invest heavily in modern, up-to-date, and high-level security measures, such as encryption at rest and in transit.
It’s what leads Gartner to suggest that cloud systems represent better than, or equal to, the best traditional IT systems, predicting that there will be 60% less security breaches among cloud users by 2020.
So what measures can demonstrate this security?
In trying to put to rest the notion that the cloud provides an insecure environment for our data, we need to look at the measures in place that allow cloud services to be safe.
- Multi-layered security – Enterprise standard cloud solutions offer a complex array of security measures both online and in the physical world. For instance, data stored on a hard drive in the office is prone to theft by someone actually stealing the computer upon which it rests. Data stored in the cloud is being stored in a virtual space, protected by encryption, and other high-level physical and technical security measures.
- Always updated software – One of the primary reasons a system suffers a breach is because software falls out of date due to failure or delay in updating the new security patches or software updates. Cloud servers are constantly being monitored, with any software and security updates happening instantly. Which means that you are always accessing a system with the most up-to-date software and the most current anti-virus protection.
All new technology advances tend to come with a degree of trepidation from users; especially when replacing a system that people are already comfortable with. It’s a fear of that which we don’t understand. And so it has proven with the cloud.
The reality is, there is no 100% guarantee of safety with any system or service you adopt. Data storage in all formats carries a risk, and it’s down to ensuring that robust measures, updated software, and constant vigilance is maintained to protect the sanctity of your system.
And it’s this reason why working with reputable cloud-providers can offer the most secure environment for your IT network and data; offering multi-level security, secure and controlled access points, and up-to-the-minute protection.