Cloud computing has grown into one of the most significant technological deployments. It has allowed organizations to maximize their business output and achieve higher productivity levels.
With over 94% of enterprises using cloud services, cloud computing has taken the world by storm. However, one area where many businesses still struggle is in optimizing their cloud security. According to an article, 76% of security personnel still find it challenging to regulate the cloud environment. While a specific skill set is essential to configure your cloud environment properly, it is equally necessary to debunk various myths that might prevent you from efficiently safeguarding your data.
Here are some of the most common myths and facts about cloud security:
Myth 1: Cloud Is Less Secure Than On-premise Storage
Fact: One of the most prevalent myths is that businesses feel that cloud storage is way riskier than traditional on-site data storage. They believe that storing their critical data on-site is comparatively safer than simply depending on an outside source for it. However, cloud solutions from a reputed Cloud Solutions Provider (CSP) are equipped with various security tools like bank-grade encryption, multiple firewalls, AI surveillance, multi-factor authentication, modern IDPS software, up-to-date and sophisticated data centers. Eventually, this makes them more secure than traditional in-house storage, as many organizations lack the resources required for deploying these quality security measures. Also, with many industries now actively moving towards cloud computing, security advancements being developed for effectively securing the cloud are manifold times more than the conventional on-premise setup, which again gives it an upper edge.
Myth 2: The End-User Is Not Responsible
Fact: Another common myth among business owners is that the CSP is solely responsible for managing cloud security once you avail a cloud solution. Well, not exactly. Your CSP is definitely answerable for the maintenance of the cloud environment and ensuring an optimum security framework. However, to whom you provide access and how you handle your data fall upon your shoulders. With 94% of organizations experiencing data breaches due to an insider's fault, it clearly shows why you need to share the responsibility with your CSP equally. Your organization must have stringent policies on password management, have hierarchy-based data access, and regularly monitor the uploaded data. Also, you must educate your employees about different data safety practices and make them aware of various cybersecurity threats like phishing scams, malware, etc. This will dramatically strengthen your internal security and further prevent illicit data exposure.
Myth 3: Everything Is Accessible Over The Network
Fact: Cloud enables you to access data and applications from anywhere, anytime. While this essentially means you can remotely access everything, it confuses various business owners who think their data is all over the Internet and can be easily accessed by anyone else. However, this is not the case. Even though your data is remotely accessible, you are the one who is responsible for internally setting up the access control. So, unless one has proper authorization, they cannot access your data. Coupled with multi-factor authentication, any user must reconfirm their identity to access your cloud network. This helps you significantly improve your access security. Also, a reputed CSP provides audit logins for your cloud. This way, you can track who logged into your cloud.
Myth 4: Multi-Tenancy In Public Cloud Is Risky
Fact: Public cloud is the most-sought cloud solution and is widely used across multiple industries. While a CSP pours in considerable capital for its setup and ensures quality end-user experience, using a public cloud means sharing the same virtual space with other tenants. This makes certain business owners apprehensive, making them wonder whether their data is safe or not. However, multi-tenancy in a public cloud is akin to a multi-story building; while everyone shares the same building, they have their private apartments. Similarly, a CSP divides the virtual space within a cloud into separate individual units. These units are unique for each user and can only be accessed with valid authorization. So, even if multiple users are sharing the same cloud, they cannot access your data without your permission, ultimately keeping your data safe from any illicit access.
Myth 5: Cloud Offers Minimal Protection Against Downtime
Fact: With the average cost of system downtime being $5,600 per minute, even the smallest amount of downtime can cause severe financial losses and also carries great security risks for your business. Downtime caused due to cyber-attacks like virus infiltration, ransomware, or a DDoS attack means a double blow for your organization. While you are struggling to restore your operations, the hackers use the ensuing time to misuse your data. Also, a traditional data center is more vulnerable to both man-made and environmental factors, which in turn can cause permanent loss of your official data and severely disrupt your business. However, a reputed CSP provides up to 99.999% SLA-backed uptime availability, which reduces your overall yearly downtime to less than 6 minutes! Their cloud environment is regularly monitored and constantly updated to make it immune to all sorts of cyber-attacks. Also, they regularly backup your data and maintain several data centers that are placed strategically to mitigate environmental damage.
Undoubtedly cloud security is full of myths. However, with time as its adoption is growing, it is easy to understand the difference between the facts and myths. This is exactly why you should do your own research, focus on facts, and create a strategy to leverage cloud security into your business.
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Bhavleen Kaur works as a Content writer with Ace Cloud Hosting and is a passionate blogger. She is currently all in works writing about virtual desktop hosting, Technology, and trends in VDI & DaaS.