Cyber security remains a top concern for organizations of all sizes. In fact, according to a report by the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA), 73% of IT and business managers cited “concerns about security of data” as a top barrier to cloud adoption.
Yet, the cloud may prove to be the best way to overcome many of the cyber security threats faced by modern businesses. Cloud service providers can often provide security that is far better than what an in-house IT infrastructure can achieve.
Here are a few ways that using a cloud infrastructure can be more secure than an in-house infrastructure:
It’s Harder to Target a Specific Organization
On secure multi-tenant cloud environments, it’s often more difficult for hackers to identify your specific company’s resources from the others on the cloud. This alone can make it harder for hackers to target your company for attack.
However, this is, at best a minor obstacle for thieves, many of whom focus primarily on attacks of opportunity rather than targeting specific companies.
Use of Hardened Data Centers
Where your infrastructure is housed can make a huge difference for your cyber security. Hardened, Tier IV data centers provide much more security for the hardware that runs your infrastructure than what most organizations can create internally.
Aside from using biometric access controls, 24/7 CCTV surveillance, and armed security patrols, the use of a Tier IV data center prevents disgruntled employees and hackers alike from getting direct physical access to your cloud hardware, greatly reducing the risk of a breach.
Using a Tier IV data center makes it harder for both hackers and malicious insiders to compromise your data.
Powerful Multi-Layered Security
A secure cloud provider will use multiple layers of security in their cloud solution, including (but not necessarily limited to):
- Perimeter Firewall
- Per-App, Host, and Tenant Firewalls
- Data-at-Rest Encryption
- Email Filtering
- Event Log Management
- Frequent Security Updates
Managing the deployment of so many security layers can be difficult for all but the largest of organizations to handle internally. Beyond the cost of acquiring each solution, there are costs for personnel to manage these security measures.
Cloud providers are able to dedicate more time and expert personnel to these solutions because IT infrastructure security is a core part of their business.
Making the Most Out of Security On the Cloud
Whether you use a cloud service provider or an on-premise solution for your IT infrastructure, there will always be certain cyber security procedures your company and its employees will have to be responsible for.
Even the most secure infrastructure in the world can be compromised if the users of that infrastructure don’t follow basic cyber security standards.
To keep your cloud solution secure, your company should follow some basic guidelines for cyber security, including:
- Enforcing rules for strong password creation.
- Never sharing user account details with others.
- Using multi-factor authentication.
- Establishing training for avoiding phishing attempts.
- Restricting user account access to data to only what each user needs.
- Revoking user access once employment/business relationships are terminated.
Following basic guidelines such as the ones highlighted above can help to prevent data breaches on the cloud.
Choosing the right partner for cloud services—one who knows the risks and how to mitigate them with strong, multi-layered security—can help you keep your mission-critical data safe from hackers.