Cloud security: Is my data safe in the cloud?

Cloud Security: Is my data safe in the cloud?

In the age of cloud security, the expertise, innovation and resources available from cloud providers are hard to match on-premises.

The need for better cyber security

During the pandemic, there was a rapid shift to home working, coupled with an increased need for digital transformation cybersecurity has come to the front of most business agendas. Business owners and IT managers need to consider how they will back up and protect their data while making it available to the right people. The answer is the cloud.

In the age of remote working and increased cyber threats, the cloud is the best way to ensure data is secure and that only the people who need it can access data they need when they need it.

Cloud Security: Why is data safer in the cloud?

1. Continuous updates

Cloud providers continuously update servers to combat the newest cyber threats. In this way, they can stay two steps ahead of the hackers. In contrast, on-premise servers require you or an IT team to update them. If your resources or finances are stretched thin, and this gets left, you could be leaving your data open to cyber threats. 

2. Safe from natural disasters

Furthermore, on-premises servers are vulnerable to natural disasters and break-ins. If you do not have your data backed up in another location, you could lose your data if a disaster occurs. 

3. Cloud providers dispelling myths

One of the most common myths about cloud storage is that you are losing control over your data. However, cloud providers seek to dispel these myths and are, for the most part, successful. 9/10 businesses surveyed for Epicor’s recent industry Insights Report believe that data is safer in the cloud. As a result, cloud usage continues to grow in every vertical and geography. Where the myths persist reflects an outdated understanding of cloud provider capabilities. 

Cloud providers know how much their users need security which means they need to withstand intense scrutiny. Although you can apply the same robust security capabilities to on-premises servers as you can in the cloud, the cost and resources to do it are not reasonable for small and medium-sized businesses. Things like multi-factor authentication, web-filtering, intrusion detection and prevention and many more security technologies and layered defence are getting increasingly difficult to implement even for large enterprises. Furthermore, cloud security provider patches are constantly updated.

4. Continuous backups 

Cloud providers continually back up data in several servers that are thousands of miles apart. In contrast, some businesses with on-premises servers have a lack of backups and redundancy measures. However, when there is a hardware failure, a ransomware attack, data corruption or any other event that makes your system unusable, they will not be able to access their data. 

SaaS offers reliable data protection within their solutions, and Iaas provides numerous data protection options so you can retrieve your data in the event of a disaster. 

5. Streamline Compliance and data security regulation

Lastly, migrating to the cloud can streamline compliance with data security regulations. Most cloud providers provision technical complexities to keep customer data safe. For example, designing, delivering and operating compliant solutions. As a result, customers do not have to spend money to do this themselves. 

By using the cloud to store data, business owners can ensure their data is secure, easily recoverable and protected against the latest cyber threats.

For more information about security and cloud services for your business, contact Northstar today.

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