The cloud offers easy access, greater collaboration among team members, all the while saving time and money for a business. Despite the many advantages, many companies are reluctant to move important data from their traditional in-house physical servers to cloud-based systems. The primary reason for this is the common belief that physical servers offer up far more security than a cloud environment.
The time is now to debunk some cloud security myths, separating fact from the fiction, allowing businesses, like yourself, to fully realize the benefits of the cloud.
Myth 1: Data Is Less Secure In The Cloud
A myth, and a long standing one at that.
For starters, cloud providers generally employ a plethora of technical staff who specialize in security, more than most in-house server providers do. Secondly, security is a very foundational part of what cloud providers are about. Their business is to provide cloud services and security – and they spend a lot of money to get it right. Most other network providers do not usually list ‘network security’ as one of their core competencies.
Myth 2: Loss Of Physical Control Implies Loss Of Security
Many people inherently believe that the things outside of their control are less secure. They think that control is essentially the basis of security or lack of security. When talking about the cloud, however, this common myth can be busted. The location of data, whether ‘in your control’ or ‘out of your control,’ is actually less important than access controls are. Deciding who can and can’t access the data within the customer’s group of employees will increase security on the customer’s end. Ensuring that the cloud companies can provide audit logs to everyone who might ever have access to corporate data will increase security on the provider’s end.
Physical control does not always imply security. Acting smart about access controls does.
Myth 3: Cloud Security Is Handled Solely By The Cloud Provider
The idea that the cloud providers will take care of security as a whole once data has been stored in the cloud is a common idea, but an untrue one.
While it is true that part of a cloud provider’s offering is the security surrounding the service, there is still an element of it to be handled and maintained from within the customer’s organization.
In short, this means requiring strong passwords that are kept safe and not shared, security training of staff, and data management policies. These are the critical responsibilities of the customer that allow a business to work together with the cloud provider to create and sustain a secure environment and integrity of data. Another important thing to remember is that connecting anything to the public internet (public Wi-Fi) or using any unapproved software on the public internet can be the biggest threat to security. While cloud service providers do their part of being resilient, the customer (through their IT operations staff) must do their part to regularly monitor the policies, process, and tools for security.
Myth 4: More Security Breaches Happen On The Cloud
Both cloud and in-house services are susceptible to security breaches. Utilizing the cloud does not omit one from these threats. However, most cloud services are set up with security layers that are similar, or even better, than those of servers with a physical location. These security layers combined with proper management of security policies ensures that the cloud brings no more threat of breaches than does a server with a physical location. It is a much rarer occurrence than one might think.
Myth 5: Cloud Security Is Too Difficult To Maintain
After all this talk about the responsibility of the customer to maintain cloud security, one may think the maintenance is too difficult. However, in reality, this level of maintenance is no different than what is needed with a physical location. Moreover, more often than not the cloud requires less maintenance by the small business because the provider handles a majority of it as part of their service package, something a physical location could not offer without raising rates astronomically and hiring additional staff.
Cloud providers are doing their part of creating a safe and secure environment for sensitive data and information. Businesses must also do their part by enforcing security policies and procedures. Only with this in mind can cloud security be effective and these common myths be debunked. By finding out what’s true about cloud security and what isn’t, a business can realize the many benefits of the cloud.