The first concern that comes to mind when we think about cloud computing is security. We can’t help it. This worry seems to be ingrained in the minds of many decision-makers in companies across the world, and there is a reason for it.
If we can see it, we believe it is safe. Some still believe this, even though many events – like the hacking of Target’s and Equifax’s on-premises data centers – have shown us otherwise.
So, the idea of cloud computing – moving your data or a proprietary application from servers you can see into servers you cannot – can cause stress and anxiety. In fact, migrating your company’s data into a cloud platform comes with fear, which often leads to irrational myths and misconceptions.
The reality of cloud security
One question we ask our clients who experience this fear is, “Do you honestly believe you can protect your data and application workloads on the few servers you store in an air-conditioned closet better than the largest software corporations in the world?” Think about the implicit reality of this question. Think about how much money cloud providers spend every year on security alone, and then think about being able to use the security expertise of that sweat equity to secure your data. Feel better?
A great comparison for the relative security of cloud computing versus hosting your own data in legacy systems is the banking system. If you hide your money under a mattress in your house, you know where it is. You can see it, and you can touch it whenever you like. However, are your house and mattress securing your money? Of course not. It would be ridiculous to believe otherwise. On the other hand, if you put your money in the bank, you lose sight of it. But you never question if it is secure because you know it is protected.
Cloud computing is no different. Providers ensure a level of security to protect your data above the capabilities many companies possess. Cloud security is not only about the physical security of the location in which your data is stored; it is also about who and how they can access it. This is a cornerstone to understanding security on a cloud platform such as AWS, Google Cloud, or Azure.
Ways the cloud secures your data
Cloud Service Providers (CSP) have highly trained and skilled professionals who share decades of security management experience from around the world.
CSP constantly inspect and monitor user activity to identify early breaches. In case of a security concern, alerts will send immediate warning. The only way to prevent breaches is to think ahead, catch them early, and act quickly.
A key element of keeping your data secure is to also keep it private. Limiting internal access as well as external access will minimize risk. CSP will store your data, but only you know what is in there and how to access it.
This is the strongest line of a multilayer security system strategy. This method makes your data invisible to others who don’t have a key to decode and access it.
A Safer Datacenter
The cloud is a safer environment for your data than most people realize. With multilayer security, constant monitoring, and limited access restriction, the cloud makes a hacker’s job almost impossible. Cloud providers understand potential security threats, invest in highly-skilled certified professionals, and go the extra mile to minimize risk and keep data safe. Concerns about the security of your organization’s data are more important than any concern that focuses on where your data is physically stored, and security is always at the forefront of any cloud provider’s mission.
The consultants at Shadow-Soft, a Microsoft Azure Gold, AWS, and Google Cloud partner are happy to assist you with any questions or advice you may need. If you would like to speak to one, please contact us today.
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