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Why Cyber Security is Moving to the Cloud

With almost everything digitally connected to the cloud, it makes sense to leverage the incredible storage, connectivity, and accessibility it offers. Many innovators use the unique features of the cloud to develop new features and technologies to grow not only .. Continue

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Brandon Lloyd-Riches

With almost everything digitally connected to the cloud, it makes sense to leverage the incredible storage, connectivity, and accessibility it offers. Many innovators use the unique features of the cloud to develop new features and technologies to grow not only their own, but others’ businesses. 

With this increase in the type of data being generated and utilised, a multitude of different repositories of data has erupted, all with unique ways of manipulating and securing what’s inside. All of this creates a sophisticated threat landscape, perfect for hackers to thrive off vulnerability. Data breaches are unfortunately more common than ever, which makes you assume that we can only hold this diversity of data to blame.

Cloud computing is more than a decade old, but cloud security, compliance and even definitions of technology components are changing rapidly. Others are still trying to grasp the scale of technology change and understand what their employees and contractors are doing online. 

Teams can begin to enforce corporate data security, compliance, and governance policies to protect enterprise data in the cloud. The cloud is here to stay, and companies need to balance the risks of cloud services with the clear benefits they bring.

So, what are the benefits of moving your security to the cloud?

Cloud Solutions need Multi-factor authentication

Typically, data breaches and cybersecurity attacks rely on lax security systems such as predictable passwords and poor certificate management. SMBs no longer have the time or resources to implement the security standards needed to maintain themselves in the modern world. Paving the way for a one-way ticket to a rife threat landscape, a combination of a unique login ID and secure password won’t suffice.

Multi-factor authentication uses more than one verification method to identify its friend from foe.

Less human error means less human threat

Storing sensitive data in the cloud is a good option for data security at many levels. Regardless of how secure a technology is, the human element is always a potential security risk that can be exploited by cybercriminals. 

Many past cloud security breaches are not due to cloud technology vulnerabilities, but to the actions of individual cloud users. They've unknowingly provided cybercriminals with usernames and passwords that they use to spear-phish emails, phone calls, or text messages to provide them with the critical information they need to access the cloud account. 

Security, in turn, must work actively to eliminate cyber-spies, attackers, and terrorists through a collaborative security approach that leverages the cloud's big data and analytics capabilities. The good news is that the future of cloud security is now. Predictive security in the cloud has improved security in a way that frustrates cyber-spies for years to come.

A centralised hub for your data creates a stronger environment, an environment which is less prone to crumbling under human error. Yes, Cloud security can be weakened easily simply by being controlled by someone who hasn’t had the proper training, but, it’s very easy to identify when exactly this happens.

You can always train your workforce to be skilled at managing a Cloud solution to minimise risk, and it’s the least costly option when you think of the consequences of not providing training.

Every penny counts

Everyone is thriving in the subscription economy – end-users are enjoying the flexible price plans and multiple access tiers, and businesses are reaping the rewards of renewed business models and revamped pricing strategies. All of which deliver a higher margin to make your profits grow.

The benefits of having Cloud security are worth the investment – whilst you may think that it can prove tedious and cumbersome to migrate your security to the cloud, it can be a good, sustainable move. If you have data stored in the cloud, the best option for top security is to have it running right by the core of what you want to protect; your data, your software and your workplace.

Enforcing security measures can be difficult if you are working with deadlines or complex new features. When trying to drive their products, teams often bend the rules set forth in their own security process without recognizing the risk they are putting into their business. A well-thought-out security process must be well enforced to achieve the goal of keeping your data secure. Companies that include cloud security as a priority in their product development process face less data loss and security threats.

 

If you want more information on why you should move to the cloud, check out our latest cheat sheet on why cloud security is the way forward in your modern workplace.