The cloud is becoming increasingly useful for Big Data, backup, storage and recovery solutions. In fact, Gartner reports that over half of Global 1000 companies will keep sensitive consumer data in the cloud. The benefits of scalability, flexibility, and quicker development just make sense, providing an edge against competitors. Even so, many organizations don’t use cloud computing and other cloud services because they worry about security.
Cloud computing brings on a new set of challenges as more owners of data are introduced, more parties are included on contracts, and data is stored in offsite locations. Gone is the traditional sense of ‘security’ in having your systems and data onsite and viewable by your own people. This certainly presents a number of new challenges to security that must be addressed. However, with proper planning and due diligence when selecting a provider, these risks can be mitigated.
At the same time, cloud computing can offer many advantages when it comes to security. In many cases, cloud computing solutions over compensate for security risks, sometimes dedicating entire security teams to monitor the system. Security elements are also often able to be delivered in real time. Furthermore, data is monitored in real time due to the nature of cloud computing.
Higher International Organization for Standardization (ISO) Standards in the Cloud Cloud computing is a multibillion-dollar business, and the business is based in part on cloud vendors’ ability to keep customers’ data secure. The standards they adhere to are designed for that. Security is actually increased when using cloud solutions due to strict ISO security standards that cloud providers must adhere to, in addition to the regular security audits.
Effects of Human Error Reduced People make mistakes. We forget, we misplace, we overlook. However, computers don’t make mistakes, nor do they have bad or good days. These facts translate to enhanced security in the cloud. Because cloud computing provides better security, even a lost computer becomes less compromising. As Salesforce reports, laptops are lost at an astonishing rate — 800,000 of them per year are lost just in airports. One of the benefits of cloud computing is that your company will still be able to access that data — and keep it safe — despite the loss of any physical machines.
The Physical Cloud While the cloud implies a virtual presence, it’s surely not. Anything stored in the cloud resides on real servers running real software. Besides keeping the data secure from hacking threats, there are physical security issues, too. The servers depend on electricity. State-of-the-art cloud vendors have multiple backup systems for any physical security threat that could compromise the data stored on their servers. That includes power backups, server cabinet monitoring systems and replacement hardware that’s ready to go when something fails.
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