We’re working to debunk the misconception that cloud security is dangerous. In the early stages of cloud technology, security was certainly a huge consideration, and many organizations were fearful that it wasn’t strong enough. However, cloud providers responded by dedicating time, money and resources to their security measures and have enhanced them immensely. Today, cloud security is stronger than what businesses can provide for themselves, and that’s because providers have the dedicated team and budget in place to make this happen. While it’s still an important consideration, cloud security should no longer be the one factor standing in the way of cloud adoption. Security tends to be a human issue, rather than a technological one, so as long as you thoroughly work with a cloud provider to ensure that the necessary security is in place, cloud is a great option. It has many layers in place – let’s take a look!
Physical security still plays a huge part in virtual cloud services. After all, these solutions are still ultimately powered by physical infrastructure in physical data centers, all of which need to remain absolutely secure. These data center facilities feature heavy physical security so clients don’t have to worry about their cloud solutions and data. These measures include credential-limited access, key card protocols, biometric systems, exterior security systems, on-site guards, digital surveillance and recording, locked cages, interior and exterior surveillance monitor access, and employees that have undergone thorough background security checks.
And if that’s not enough, cloud data centers are also equipped with environmental controls to ensure that the infrastructure continues running, uninterrupted. These controls include redundant HVAC systems, circulated and filtered air, and fire suppression systems.
But it doesn’t stop at physical security – that’s just one layer. Cloud providers focus on their clients’ cloud business solutions and have to ensure that they are secure and running at all times – their business and reputation depend on it. This means network security is a necessity, and fortunately, providers have both the money and resources in place to dedicate to the best security. This includes encryption in flight and at rest to keep data protected from outside eyes, strong firewalls to keep out hackers or viruses, password protection, around-the-clock monitoring, and more.
Each industry has its regulations and standards to meet. This is called compliance, which refers to the laws in place for business security and privacy purposes. You may recognize major compliance laws like HIPAA, PCI DSS and Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX). A reliable cloud provider will understand compliance and work with your needs to meet the necessary regulations. Providers today are increasingly knowledgeable on these topics and will work to ensure your cloud solutions accommodate your needs.
Disaster Recovery is not the same thing as cloud security, but it does tie into this discussion. Disaster recovery is the technology implemented to protect a business’ data and ensure recovery and the continuation of critical network services in the event of a disaster situation. After all, no business wants to experience downtime. The most reliable cloud providers guarantee multiple redundant, geographically diverse data center locations and Service Level Agreements of at least 99.999% uptime. This ensures that no matter what type of emergency impacts an organization, its users can maintain access to business information and continue working uninterrupted.
With cloud security and disaster recovery in place, a business will maintain access to its critical data and applications, which will remain protected in the cloud at all times. Cloud computing is a growing, important technology and it has adapted to the security needs of modern businesses. Cloud providers are businesses too, and they rely on the satisfaction of their clients to stay in business. They wouldn’t take the risk of weak security. In fact, in many cases providers offer better security than what businesses currently have in place. To learn more about all facets of security in the cloud, start our new course: Cloud Security.