Over the last few months, a number of significant data breaches have hit the headlines. Many of which have exposed a considerable amount of sensitive and personal information. So, despite the GDPR and the threat of hefty fines for non-compliance, it seems that the UK’s approach to cybersecurity and data privacy is not yet good enough.
So, what can we do to thwart the bad guys? Especially when it looks like they are becoming more and more sophisticated in their methods of attack?
Well, one simple way organisations can tackle their current data security challenges is by using the cloud. Not least because, according to reports, public cloud infrastructure-as-a-service workloads are expected to suffer at least 60% fewer security incidents than those in traditional data centres.
Why are businesses still worried about the cloud?
Despite the clear benefits, many across the UK organisations have been slow to transition to cloud services. Often because they have antiquated infrastructure and applications and fear the costs of moving to the cloud.
Also, many traditional IT managers and business leaders fear a loss of control and worry that security measures will be out of their hands. And, as with any digital transformation, there are always those that are resistant to change and have a lack of trust about handing over their sensitive information.
The cloud provides many data security benefits
In reality, transforming to modern systems doesn’t have to be expensive.
What’s more, 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. Indeed, cloud providers have to create safe environments. They wouldn’t last long in business if they didn’t. Compare this to the many legacy systems that were built before cybercrime became widespread!
Also, with the cloud, businesses benefit from strength in numbers. Indeed by sharing the infrastructure and security with other users, they get access to a better solution at a fraction of the cost of going it alone.
And, despite fears about a lack of control, there are solutions to ensure that organisations can use while retaining data security (e.g. encryption keys, hybrid solutions, authentication and access controls etc.). For example, at Cloud Geeni we provide stringent levels of encryption to secure data. So sensitive data can only be decrypted with a decryption key. We also have enterprise level Juniper Firewalls, and best-in-breed Two Factor Authentication (2FA).
Finally, while a business might think that it has more control with a traditional setup, quite often they are in it alone without support or backup. However, by choosing to work with a cloud provider, they can benefit from rigorous backup processes with specialists on hand to identify and deal with any issues. Often before they become a problem.
Change is inevitable
Ultimately, despite the reticence, the cloud is becoming essential to how we all live and work. Change is inevitable so ignoring this evolution of IT is not a feasible long-term solution.
When you get down to it, cybercriminals don’t target cloud-based data. It’s the data they want, regardless of where it is stored. So as long as you choose a tried and trusted third-party cloud system, you’ll get all the security you need.
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.
Talk to us to find out more about our stringent security processes.