The idea of the cloud worries some people. One concern is that keeping data on remote servers will be less secure. Even people who adopt the technology often have mixed feelings about it. However, sixty-four percent of IT professionals believe the cloud is more secure. High-profile data breaches also make some people nervous about cloud storage, although they are more often caused by human error.
The truth is, the cloud is more secure. Here are the top reasons why:
1. Small companies that use cloud storage benefit from the expertise of the cloud provider. Many small businesses do not actually have an IT professional on staff and rely on the experience of the owner or an administrative assistant. In most cases, these people do not have the intensive knowledge of cyber security needed. Also, they are wearing too many hats and may not have the time to properly handle security issues, let alone do the professional development needed to catch up. In some cases, too, time may be spent on cyber security that would be better spent on core business operations.
2. The lack of physical access to the servers can help protect your data from burglars and from disgruntled employees who might otherwise cause problems. This is on top of the extra protection from disasters that having your data in multiple places automatically brings. On-site server rooms are protected by a locked door. Cloud data centers have security precautions smaller companies simply cannot afford, such as guards and surveillance cameras, with the cost shared between everyone using the servers. Properly-designed cloud services will also keep access to data controlled, and third parties may not even know the exact geographical location of your data.
3. Frequent security audits. It is also hard for small businesses to afford proper security audits, but cloud providers do these once a year. Again the cost is split between those using the service, bringing it within the range of even micro businesses. Some businesses may never do audits and others may only be able to afford them every five years. Cloud providers also do penetration/vulnerability testing, which can also be prohibitive for smaller companies.
4. Up to date hardware and software. Keeping up with updates can be hard, and smaller businesses may also have older equipment that cannot be fully updated and which they cannot afford to replace. Cloud providers update their software regularly. Larger companies may also end up with different machines running different versions, which can cause security gaps.
5. Better security design. Generally, on-site systems are designed with the assumption that the primary protection for your data will be a firewall. This means that if somebody gets inside your firewall, they often have free reign to access systems and data. Cloud systems, because they are intended to be accessed remotely, have multiple layers of security.
6. Redundancy. By its nature, a cloud-based system stores all data in multiple places. At least three copies is standard. This means that your data is protected from corruption as well as hardware failure.
7. More secure sharing. One way data goes astray is if it is being shared on physical media, which can then go astray. Cloud sharing is more secure as well as being more convenient. Some systems will even encrypt the share links so they cannot be intercepted when emailed.
If you are worried about the security of data kept in the cloud - don't be. In most cases, it is considerably more secure than keeping things on-site. It also means you always have properly kept and well-protected backups, which can help get your company back on its feet if you do have a security problem or a data breach. If you are looking for cloud solutions for your company, contact NewCloud Networks.