How secure is the cloud, really? More secure than you may think.
Security has and likely always will be a concern in every evolution of information storage. If you and your organization are contemplating your options you may be misled by media mania. Despite the seemingly endless stream of major data breaches in the news, cloud is undeniably the more secure option.
The business community has had over a decade to determine the efficiency of cloud security and compare it to traditional on-site IT environments. Through 2020, public cloud infrastructure as a service (IaaS) workloads will suffer at least 60% fewer security incidents than those in traditional data centers, according to Gartner. Gartner also reported that “through 2022, at least 95% of cloud security failures will be the customer’s fault” rather than the fault of the cloud service provider (CSP).
What Makes the Cloud More Secure?
Legacy IT systems are attractive for one simple reason: control.
When you buy cloud services, whether you use a dedicated server, a virtual private server (VPN), your own colocated server, or a hybrid cloud environment, you are handing over at least some modicum of control to a vendor or service provider.
Cloud environments are safer for some simple and seemingly obvious reasons.
First, a legacy IT system typically has its physical presence within the property of the organization that uses it. While large organizations can invest in high-tech security measures, most others have nothing but a few locked doors between their terminals and the rest of the world.
CSPs keep their data centers secure with layered security measures, including high-tech surveillance tools, security guards, barbed wire fencing and more. When data is stored offsite, it is physically separated from vendors, contractors, and anyone else who might enter your organization’s facility from the outside.
Naturally, many organizations are more concerned that the CSP’s network will be compromised by hackers. It’s important to keep in mind that a CSP’s business model is dependent upon the reliability of their cloud services.
Reputable providers have an army of highly-trained IT security staff on hand to secure their networks from outside hacking attempts. Most organizations can’t say the same thing of their legacy systems.
And finally, cloud service providers conduct regular security audits, updates, and upgrades to ensure the safety of their systems. Most on-premise and legacy IT systems aren’t subject to such rigorous scrutiny. They can also be difficult to update and scale as an organization grows.
Best Practices for Cloud Security
Cloud computing is now a necessary tool for organizations pursuing a digital-first business model. And it isn’t going away. Among enterprises, cloud adoption reached 96% in 2018. Nonetheless, although cloud environments tend to be much safer than on-premise IT, one can never guarantee a completely an environment that's completely free of cloud security risks.
There are still risks associated with cloud computing, but organizations can adopt a few best practices to keep their data secure:
- Identity authentication and access management
- Monitoring and auditing of cloud workloads
- Backups of critical data
- Preventing access to deleted data
- Creating a disaster recovery plan
Cloud storage is a common concern among enterprise IT traditionalists. While it pays to be skeptical and to adopt a zero-trust security culture, it’s important not to let that skepticism get in the way of the many benefits and efficiencies cloud computing has to offer.
Security is Vital and Nothing New
Every business needs some level of security. Those levels may differ. The Mom-and-Pop shop down the street may only lock their doors and set an alarm overnight. Bigger chain stores could have complicated digital software keeping them on track. Upgrading to a cloud based service should have the same range of options without any gaps in how secure your information actually is. We’re not reinventing the wheel here. Security should always remain a top strategic requirement. UCXmarket is here to help you find the the best cloud security certifications and keep your information safe.
At UCXmarket, we believe buying and securing your cloud infrastructure should be easy and painless. That’s why we plan to deploy many of these features, such as data backups and workload audits as part of our online cloud marketplace platform.