Is it safe to keep your data in the cloud?

Cyber-attacks and data breaches are the two biggest perceived threats to business continuity. That’s according to the latest annual report from the Business Continuity Institute. So, against this backdrop of fear, it’s perhaps no wonder that security concerns are thwarting cloud adoption, with less than 10% of the world’s data estimated to be stored in the cloud.

70% of organisations are concerned about the security and privacy of data and systems in the cloud.[1]

But are such concerns justified?

Not really. In fact, contrary to what most people think, moving to the cloud (storing data and applications remotely, rather than using your premises) doesn’t put your business-critical information at any more risk. In actual fact, with robust cloud encryption now available, storing data in the cloud can be safer than storing it onsite. And you don’t have to take our word for it; it says much more that online retailer Amazon is happy to run its entire business on a cloud platform!

Cloud storage also boasts best-in-class backup and recovery processes. Your files sit on a dedicated machine in a UK data centre, but they are also duplicated and backed up on multiple hard disks. So if a disk fails – and they sometimes do – it’s not a problem. The backup will immediately cut across to its sibling, so there is no loss of service and no downtime. Moreover, your data is also mirrored in real time over at another data centre – at a separate location – in case of unexpected events such as floods and fires. Every night your data is backed up again, and you can decide how many of these daily backups to keep.

Does your current server have the same security measures as this?

The truth is, any reputable cloud vendor will make security a key priority. It’s in their business interests to do so. As such, they will have a reliable, secure infrastructure in place that far outstrips what companies would build for themselves. Indeed, significant investment would be needed to make an onsite solution match the security and reliability of the cloud.

So, when it comes to storing valuable data, proximity doesn’t mean greater levels of security. Instead, true protection from data theft comes from the following:

  • A bulletproof plan for careful migration of all data
  • An awareness of the emerging virus threats
  • Virus and firewall protection using the latest and best kit (ideally managed by people who read security blogs and updates while on holiday!)
  • Control over what applications are put on your system
  • Strong password processes
  • Structured systems, making it very hard for a digital intruder to access or move around in your system
  • Encryption where you need it.

Even better, as well as being safe, storing data and applications remotely can also cut IT costs and speed up your operations. It really is a win-win.

At Cloud Geeni, our Cloud Server services consistently achieve the highest level of data security and reliability, maximising security and eliminating downtime. To find out more, speak to a member of our team on 01942 263 434 or email info@keycomputers.co.uk  today.

[1] https://www.netwrix.com/2016cloud_security_report.html