Is the cloud the answer to increasing cyber security risks?

With the latest Facebook/Cambridge Analytica scandal, data protection is once again in the news. So experts everywhere are talking about data breaches, cybercrime, and the information that could be at risk. And, with more and more of our sensitive data moving to the cloud, it’s perhaps no wonder that business professionals everywhere are nervous.

But, storing data and applications remotely is actually safer than many onsite solutions. In fact, moving to the cloud could be the answer to increasing cybersecurity threats.

How? Well, first and foremost, cloud providers HAVE to create secure IT environments. It’s in their business interests to do so. The reputational damage to a cloud vendor that fails to protect its customers’ data adequately is likely to be massive. Just look at the plummeting value of Facebook’s stock value in the wake of the recent revelations.

But they also have to use secure data centres that are independently audited, and adhere to stringent industry standards. For example, at Cloud Geeni we adhere to the highest level of data security and reliability. Complying with an internationally recognised best practice framework, our data centres are situated in the UK and are ISO27001 certified (this ensures you are working with a trustworthy provider committed to safeguarding your data).

What’s more, when data is stored off-site it is physically separated from the company. This makes it difficult for people who shouldn’t have access to stumble across information and use it maliciously or erroneously. Put simply, the level of human risk decreases.

Cloud providers also offer stringent levels of encryption to secure their clients’ data. This means that sensitive data can only be decrypted with a decryption key. At Cloud Geeni, we also provide enterprise level Juniper Firewalls, and best-in-breed Two Factor Authentication (2FA).

In addition, while cloud companies spend a considerable amount of their budget focusing on security, on-premise legacy systems are often ignored. In many cases, these legacy systems were built before cybercrime became prevalent. So they don’t have what it takes to block modern, sophisticated hackers. All this makes legacy systems increasingly vulnerable. In fact, 64% of IT professionals believe the cloud to be more secure than legacy systems[1].

Also, criminals don’t target data because it is cloud-based. It’s the data they want, regardless of where it is stored. In almost all cases, where a hack has happened it has been down to a poorly designed and maintained security system – not the weakness of the cloud. In fact, more security breaches occur with on-premise solutions than cloud ones, and 56% of IT managers cite improved security as a primary motivation for moving to the cloud. The truth is, in many cases, the most significant security risk still comes from your own employees. So, simple steps like training staff to use robust passwords and be on the lookout for any suspicious emails could make a massive difference.

The cloud also helps to prevent data loss from lost or stolen hardware. For example with DaaS, the data is stored in a datacentre, not on the device. So, if a laptop or mobile phone goes missing, security measures can be put in place, and the data remains secure.

Finally, with a managed approach, your system is being looked after all the time. This allows you to head off any potential security t2hreats.

At Cloud Geeni, our Cloud Server services consistently achieve the highest level of data protection and reliability, maximising security and eliminating downtime.

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[1] https://clutch.co/cloud/resources/security-trends-in-enterprise-cloud-computing