The cloud is nothing new. Amazon and Google started using the term “cloud computing” way back in 2006. Technology Review even traced the birth of the term to as early as 1996.
And it’s no secret that the cloud has gained widespread popularity. As you read this, you’re probably working or storing data in the cloud (even if you don’t know it). Do you use Salesforce? You’re in the cloud. Are you storing files on Google Drive? You’re in the cloud.
Cloud adoption is spreading like wildfire. Everyone’s heard of the cloud, but do they or, more importantly, do you really understand what it is? And can you say with 100% confidence that your data is secure in the cloud?
So many businesses worry about data security in the cloud. They worry that their data will forever be lost in the cloud’s vast, virtually limitless space. They think their data is only minutes away from being snatched by an online snooper or attacker.
Do you feel the same? If fear of security threats is stopping you from moving to the cloud, keep reading and discover 3 cloud security myths that are widely believed but are actually false.
Myth #1: Data loss is more likely in the cloud
2016 has felt like the year of data breaches. Yahoo, Dropbox, Buzzfeed: scores of businesses were either targeted by cyber attackers in 2016 or a past data hack came to light in 2016. For many of these companies, hackers dealt a heavy blow and MILLIONS of accounts were compromised for both employees and customers.
I know; not so great. As the wave of data breaches continues, the only natural conclusion is that the cloud is more susceptible to attacks, right? Wrong.
On-premise environment users actually see more cyberattacks than cloud users. According to Alert Logic’s State of Cloud Security report, on-premises environment users experience over 61 attacks on average, while service provider customers averaged little over 27 attacks.
What’s more, people trust in the security of the cloud. In a report from Cloud Security Alliance, over 64% of security officers and IT managers think the cloud is equal in security to on-premise solutions. Another survey found that 56% of respondents trusted cloud providers to protect sensitive business data.
And, when it comes to natural or man-made disasters, on-premises data centers can even be more at risk for data loss. Rather than storing data at multiple locations, on-site data centers rely on a single location to store all servers and hardware. That means a flood, tornado, hurricane, or any disaster could decimate your server room and result in significant downtime or data loss.
The cloud allows faster recovery of data in an emergency or power outage. Cloud-based solutions put effective disaster recovery within reach of just about any company. You can recover data without the high costs of maintaining and upgrading a second physical backup site.
Myth #2: Physical control = increased security
It’s nice knowing your data backups and storage are snugly tucked away in your building, where you can check on them whenever you like and maybe sing them that song you know they like. You may think it’s safer than the cloud because you and only you maintain control of your servers and hardware. If only this were the case.
Just because your data is stored on-site, where you can keep a watchful eye, doesn’t mean your data is any safer than it would be in the cloud. Disgruntled employees pose a significant risk to your data, whether it lives in the cloud or on-site. Those ex-employees can walk out with more than a red Swingline stapler – they can also take sensitive business data, sensitive business data which may end up in the hands of rival companies.
Think about this: 19% of employees aged 18-34 would take critical business data with them if they knew they were getting fired. It doesn’t matter if your business works in the cloud or keeps everything in-house. Your data is at risk.
When you work with a cloud services provider, you can rely on their expertise and resources to create a more secure IT environment safeguarded against exterior and interior threats. You may not have the budget to hire in-house experts or the time to gain the expertise yourself. The right cloud services provider can offer the support you need, the services you’re looking for and create peace of mind in your data security while staying on budget.
Myth #3: Cloud security is difficult to maintain
Many businesses worry that security in the cloud is harder to maintain than security in an on-premises solution. But both solutions share similar security issues: SQL injection, firewall configuration, VPNs, etc. All of these problems are addressed the exact same way you would address them in an on-site solution.
And maintaining a secure cloud environment may end up being easier on you and your IT staff, especially if you work with a cloud services provider. For one thing, they offer the latest cloud technology, equipped with the latest security measures and protocols. Even better, many providers help with everything from recommendations to implementation to support.
And the best cloud security services providers actively monitor your environment and alert you to any potential issues and gaps in protection. They help you plan and design a solid security strategy encompassing backup and recovery services and disaster recovery.
Whether you’re now convinced of the benefits of the cloud, or you need some more time to think it over and resources to learn more, we think you’ll enjoy reading our guide, 9 Ways to Improve Your IT Efficiency with Cloud Services. You’ll learn how the cloud helps businesses like yours create new efficiencies and improve data security.