Is the Cloud Secure?

Is the Cloud Secure?

Companies of all sizes and from all industries have started to migrate to the cloud, but is the cloud secure?

Placing servers, data and applications on the cloud can improve operations. However, this move is not without risk. Security best practices must be in place.

The U.S. National Cyber Security Alliance estimates that six months after suffering a cyberattack, 60 percent of companies go under. In addtion, the Ponemon Institute states that if a small business has been hacked, the average price to clean up is about  $690,000. For middle market companies, it’s over $1 million.

Unfortunately, what makes the cloud vulnerable is also part of it’s value – servers, applications, and data are now accessible from anywhere! So they become susceptible to attacks from the outside. The whole purpose of the cloud is to make access easier from anywhere – but that opens the door for potential breeches as well.

In order to make the cloud secure, solutions must be designed to protect assets.  Protection without slowing up the speed of your business. Here are some thoughts on how to make sure the risks don’t outweigh the benefits:

Risk Mitigation & Data Security

How you set up your IT security infrastructure is key. Criminals are always finding new ways to compromise data. So it’s important to be forward thinking.

  • Some resources might be better to keep on premises
  • A hybrid solution might be more effective
  • Should it be a public or private cloud

So to make your cloud secure, business leaders need to understand the advantages and risks involved. You will need to know your infrastructure’s weak spots. How will attackers target your assets? Sometimes resources are limited. In addition, you need to understand where attackers can focus.  Then you can allocate your IT resources more effectively.

Your Network Security Solution

Most of all, businesses need a partner that offers proactive, built-in security end-to-end. As they transform and migrate to the cloud, their applications, tools, and systems grow along with them. This keeps them well protected. Your IT partner should be in sync with the latest best practices in the security field. For example, the golden 3-2-1 Rule is a timeless principle. No backup strategy should be without it. Three copies of your data, two of them on different storage types and one backup off site.

Roy Stephan, Director of IT architecture and and engineering services at Intelligent Decisions said, “With the cloud, individuals, and small businesses can snap their fingers and instantly set up enterprise-class service."

If you need help setting up yours – we can help. We focus on IT so you can focus on your business. Cloud Security and IT Peace of Mind -- how does that sound?