Security in the Cloud: Highlights You Need to Know

The need for secure cloud computing and cloud storage is stronger than it's ever been, and it's going to continue to grow.

Articles published March 21, 2019 by Rob Griffith

Securing data and applications in the cloud is vital to businesses of all sizes across a variety of industries. In 2018, many data breaches and ransomware attacks left companies vulnerable and in dire need of repairs and patches. The need for secure cloud computing and cloud storage is stronger than it’s ever been, and it’s going to continue to grow.

Forbes reported that during the last year, 34 percent of U.S. consumers had their personal information compromised. There were 2,216 data breaches and more than 53,000 cybersecurity incidents reported in 65 countries. A report from Juniper Research found that in the next four years, the number of compromised data records will increase by 175 percent. That’s why it’s so important to make sure critical data and information are protected. Infrastructures, data and applications involved in cloud computing services often offer high levels of security, which can help minimize concerns such as data leaks, weak access controls, vulnerability to attacks and availability disruptions. All these concerns affect traditional IT and cloud systems alike. Cloud-based services are extremely popular and a growing trend, since they are convenient for many businesses. Through cloud computing solutions, employees can benefit from secure data management, detailed analysis and access from anywhere through cloud networking. Cloud security provides controls to protect data applications and the cloud system through a variety of strategies and policies. Many companies are switching to cloud-based security where cloud systems operate from all-inclusive data hubs and offer unified security for all devices on a network.

Switching to cloud computing and cloud security provides many benefits. First, cloud backup and data storage reduce IT operating costs, so switching to a cloud environment will typically result in decreased upfront spending. Additionally, companies are finding that a cloud database and cloud computing infrastructure provides more technical flexibility and simpler scaling for projects and processes. When operating with cloud security, in-house data center operators and personnel aren’t needed to oversee operations every day. Not to mention, cloud system security features are learning and evolving to gather data about different types of situations, reacting appropriately to provide quick threat identification and repair. Cloud systems may prevent cyberattacks more holistically if involving artificial intelligence and machine learning that protect data more thoroughly and efficiently.

Many business executives are hesitant to switch to cloud computing because they don’t believe it is as secure as traditional IT systems. But contrary to this belief, research is finding that clouds are actually more secure. According to TechTarget, the physical location of data matters less than the means of access. Alert Logic reports that on-premises environment users suffer more incidents than service provider environments. In a cloud-based model, enterprises focus more on security and governance than traditional systems. Cloud computing and security is cost-efficient, reliable, manageable and more secure. However, in addition to these benefits, there a few downsides. These include data loss via a natural disaster or company error, vendor lock-in or the fear of difficulty in switching to another alternative and liability concerns. Overall, cloud computing is secure because of its strong perimeters and surveillance for legacy systems, controlled access, cybersecurity expertise provided by CSPs, and detailed and frequent auditing.

When switching to a cloud-based infrastructure and other cloud services, companies need to rethink how to protect and secure data and applications. Cloud infrastructure involves the hardware and cloud-based software elements — storage, servers, network and virtualization software — that are required to support a cloud computing model. In a cloud computing model, computing resources are provided over the internet. Cloud computing providers such as Aureon control the physical or virtual cloud server that is hosted and delivered via a cloud platform. Many companies are changing their IT strategies to utilize this cloud technology and software offered by cloud storage providers. Cloud server hosting allows cloud-based servers to be accessed remotely. However, cloud hosting disrupts traditional cybersecurity models that many businesses have used for years. Because of this, security strategies and tactics need to evolve. So, here’s what companies need to consider as they are switching to cloud security with a cloud services provider.

Think about what needs to change from the existing cybersecurity model. 

This will involve making the right choices for managing the cloud perimeter and what applications need to be changed to align with risk tolerance, existing application architecture, resources and cloud strategy. Rewriting code or changing architectures for cloud application result in stronger security, better performance and lower operating costs. According to McKinsey, the majority of companies refrain from rearchitecting applications because redesigning applications for cloud-based services can slow migration rate. Instead, they just migrate the applications without altering them for the cloud. This presents a problem because the cybersecurity model will not fulfill the needs of the cloud system, opening cloud infrastructure solutions to attacks and breaches.

Develop new cybersecurity controls for the cloud if needed and determine responsibilities for internal cybersecurity and external providers.

Many companies rely on the controls outlined by a cloud company, but this process will be different from traditional outsourcing. Internal processes will need to be changed accordingly. Third-party cloud hosting providers use cloud computing technology to implement cloud business solutions. Through cloud managed services, cloud IT services are provided to identify problems as they arise and fix quickly.

Cloud computing companies like Aureon provide the cloud solutions, cloud infrastructure support and cloud IT support you need to ensure your data and applications are safe. Aureon Cloud Backup and cloud services use automated and managed solutions to secure and store critical data and applications for businesses. Our cloud-based technology saves time and money by reducing the storage footprint. With Aureon cloud and backup recovery, you benefit from encryption to ensure privacy and protection of sensitive data, supportive it cloud solutions, and responsive monitoring and maintenance.

Are you prepared to make the switch to cloud security? 

About The Author

Rob Griffith

Rob Griffith is an Account Executive for Aureon, focusing his attention to the Aureon Technology business unit. Over the past 8 years, Rob has worked exclusively with small to midsize businesses with an emphasis on the banking vertical. His focus has been helping companies with data center strate ... read more

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