Cloud technology is just as safe as on-premise according to new survey

According to a recent report, most security professionals now deem single-cloud technology to be just as safe, if not safer, than on-premise solutions.

The research[1], which questioned almost 300 CISOs, CTOs and CIOs from large organisations found that, while 71% of respondents were concerned about the risk of cyberattacks in cloud technology, these concerns are the same when it comes to on-premise systems. This backs up our belief that 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, hacks happen because of poorly designed and maintained security systems, not the weakness of the cloud.

“Security has traditionally always been cited as a barrier to cloud adoption, so it is significant that the perceived risk gap between cloud and on-premise has disappeared”

Stuart Reed, vice president of cyber security, Nominet

Does the multi-cloud increase the level of risk?

The report also found that multi-cloud environments are deemed the riskiest setups, with multi-cloud adopters over twice as likely (52%) to suffer a data breach than businesses that opt for a single-cloud or hybrid-cloud approach (24%). Multi-cloud adopters were also more likely to suffer a higher number of data breaches.

The multi-cloud uses two or more cloud computing services from any number of different cloud vendors. It can be a combination of private, public and hybrid clouds. So, with this model, you can mix and match cloud services from different providers, often to meet specific workload needs. Unlike the hybrid cloud, the multi-cloud doesn’t need to be integrated.

Multi-clouds do require extra work to ensure effective security, governance and compliance. Indeed, with various third-parties having access to different data and systems, it’s vital to define and distribute security responsibilities. As such, many SMEs prefer to stick with one trusted cloud provider. Find out more about creating an effective multi-cloud strategy.

Is the cloud actually safer than on-premise solutions?

It’s true that, while cloud adoption is increasing, historically, it has been considered a riskier option for businesses than on-premise storage. Indeed, many across the UK organisations have been slow to transition to cloud services. Often because of fears about data security. So, these latest findings are good news for people who want to switch to a cloud setup. According to the research, businesses running single-cloud configurations do not face any additional risk than they would by using on-premise data centres.

But we’d go further than that. In fact, at Cloud Geeni, we believe that the cloud is safer than most on-premise setups. Here’s why:

  • The cloud provides organisations with access to an already-built secure IT infrastructure. This includes secure storage, data analytics, and methods of backup and disaster recovery
  • Cloud providers have to create safe environments. They wouldn’t last long in business if they didn’t
  • Many legacy on-premise systems were built before cybercrime became widespread. So they are not capable of dealing with modern-day cyber-risks
  • By choosing to work with a cloud provider, organisations benefit from rigorous backup processes with specialists on hand to identify and deal with any issues. Often before they become a problem.

Despite fears about security, today, there are many practical solutions to ensure that organisations can use the cloud while retaining data security (e.g. encryption keys, hybrid solutions, authentication and access controls, Juniper Firewalls, Two Factor Authentication, etc.).

We make your safety a priority

At Cloud Geeni, we adhere to the highest level of data security and reliability. We use secure data centres (all based in the UK) that are regularly audited, and adhere to stringent industry standards. Our data centres comply with an internationally recognised best practice framework and are ISO27001 certified. So, you get the peace of mind that comes with working with a trustworthy provider committed to safeguarding your data.

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[1] Nominet