It comes as no surprise that firms are extremely concerned about the security of their data. How do you prevent unauthorized access to your data and applications? How do you protect your firm’s data assets from natural disasters or other scenarios that would prevent you from getting to your office?The reality is, that security is actually one – if not the greatest! – benefits of cloud, offering more security to a firm than it could provide on its own. When a firm moves its IT to the cloud, all of its data and applications lie within multi-tiered security networks that are frequently tested for potential weaknesses and constantly monitored and upgraded. Plus, there are backups to protect your data from the unexpected, whether that be a hack, a natural disaster, or something else.
When considering moving to the cloud, there are several types of security you must consider.
- There should be a high level of physical security at the data center(s) where your data is being stored. This includes physical barriers, video and infrared monitoring, security guards, and biometric scanners, as well as air conditioning/cooling and fire suppression systems. The chances of any of these forms of security being duplicated by a firm for their own on-premise security is very slim.
- To help protect your data, cloud providers rely on firewalls, which filter out suspicious traffic. Firewalls make it difficult for malware and viruses to get through, but they must be actively maintained. Relatedly, there must be multiple levels of intrusion detection to ensure intruders are stopped even if they make initial defenses.
- Encryption keep data safe from unauthorized users. Should a breach occur, the data would be worthless to anyone who does not have the decryption key.
- There should be backups of your data at one or more additional data centers to ensure if a server goes down, your information is accessible. Furthermore, there should be a redundant power supply to ensure continuity in the case of a loss of primary power source. This not only keeps your data secure, but also accessible at all times.
- Many cloud providers primarily rely on the security of their data center. Tabush Group goes even further but conducting annual third-party penetration tests to ensure security standards are high enough to keep the network safe from malware, viruses, and cybercriminals.
Perhaps the most important consideration when moving to the cloud is choosing your provider. The right partner will ensure your data is more secure than it would be than if you bought and built it on premise yourself. Cloud providers are in the business of ensuring their cloud is secure so you can focus on running your own business.