The affordability, accessibility, and speed of cloud technology has provided a tempting alternative for enterprise companies looking to shift their IT resources. With the success of cloud technology startups like Dropbox, Box, and Amazon Web Services, the cloud has become an accepted alternative to keeping all IT infrastructure on-premise.
However, myths about the security of cloud technology (or lack thereof) still persist, but with time, and the impressive performance of cloud technology companies, these myths are beginning to crumble. As Leo Reiter, the CTO of Nimbix says, “Cloud providers live, eat, and breathe network security while most other organizations don’t usually list it as one of their core competencies.” Here are three reasons why you can rest easy knowing cloud technology is in fact a secure option for your company.
1. Cloud-based security is a booming sector of the larger cloud industry.
This is seen in the growth of cloud-based security’s exponential growth over the past 10 years. According to a cloud security report and Markets And Markets, it is a sector of the cloud industry that is predicted to grow to nearly $9 billion by 2019.
With the cloud becoming more of an industry norm every year, it is heartening to see investment in cloud security following, which will help prevent security breaches at the enterprise level.
2. Cloud-specific security regulations are developing.
The CSA (Cloud Security Alliance) and BSI (British Standards Institution) jointly developed CSA CSA STAR (Security, Trust, and Assurance Registry), which is a new international cloud security certification program.
The program provides various levels of certification and is working to have Cloud Service Providers to adopt the standard to increase the level of security and trust in cloud technology.
3. Security threats for both cloud-based and on-premise IT are about the same.
A recent Alert Logic Cloud Security Report found that both on-premise and CSPs saw an increase in vulnerability scans from 2012 to 2013. While CSPs had a slightly greater increase, depending on the type of vulnerability, on-premise was far more susceptible to malware and botnet attacks.
Jason Dover, director of product line management for KEMP Technologies says of cloud technology security, “Internet threats are just as much of a risk for private cloud infrastructures and service provider networks.”
Because cloud service providers’ reputations depend solely on securing their customers data, they must be vigilant to the point of paranoia about the security of their systems. On-premise IT systems often develop over time, accruing a mix of old and new technologies that become ripe targets for hackers, as we’ve seen with the Hilton and Sony data breaches. Don’t let myths and organizational inertia prevent your company from embracing change―cloud technology is getting more secure every day.
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