Let’s face it, if you haven’t used or heard of the internet, it’s safe to say you live under a rock. About 3.5 billion people accessed the internet last year and that number is growing fast. With internet usage increasing over a number of different devices, so are cybersecurity concerns and headaches for IT professionals. Untrained employees, hackers, and more complex viruses leave business prone to cyber-attacks. Small businesses lack funds to invest in data protection while big businesses have more attackers targeting them.
It’s hard to forget the Equifax breach of 2017 when social security numbers and other sensitive information like credit scores were leaked. From phishing to DOS (denial of service) to fake WANs, the number of resources for hackers has grown in tandem with our access to technology. In short, the Internet of Things (IoT) has created a culture of growing security concerns. Yet still 73% of companies are not prepared for hackers, according to a study by Hiscox insurance. There's no reason not to be prepared in today's environment thanks to the Cloud.
Cloud provides Security
Among all of these growing concerns, the Cloud is the solution. Not only does the Cloud store your data, it can keep vital copies of your data in the case of breaches or viruses. Adopting the 3-2-1 rule (3 copies of your data, on 2 different media, with 1 copy off-premise) means maintaining a secure, offsite copy of data that is out of harm’s way. Just backing up your data to the Cloud or replicating your data in the Cloud can ensure a clean, original copy of data that can be accessed amidst a cyber-attack or all-to-common human error. Remember that human error is a huge security concern from clicking on corrupted links or malicious phishing attempts!
Data security is a multi-faceted concern for all businesses. Data regulation and compliance for data sensitive industries, like banking, healthcare, and credit card companies, forces some industries to carry out additional security protocols. Our Cloud meets these compliance concerns, including HIPAA, PCI-DSS, and SSAE/SOC 2 Type 1.
Another aspect of security is privacy. Though many people are concerned with the privacy of Cloud solutions, there are ways to ensure the privacy of your data. Even in the Public Cloud, your data can only be accessed by you and only you via an encryption key. For more protection, Cloud service providers like NewCloud offer a Private Cloud where data is stored on your own private network. In the Cloud, there is no on-premise data center that can be intruded by a burglar or unauthorized employee.
To meet growing security concerns, Cloud providers are rolling out Security as a Service (SECaaS) where on-premise security hardware and software is no longer necessary. Hosted in the Cloud, security services like spyware, anti-virus protection, authentication, and security management can be bundled into a low monthly cost, allowing IT professionals to allocate time and resources to other projects.
The Bottom Line
People moved money from under their mattresses into banks. Why? Security, reliability, and management. Move your data out from under your on-premise data center and into the Cloud for improved security, reliability and management, too!