Cloud computing can provide organisations of all sizes with multiple benefits, from allowing staff to operate more efficiently to the ability to scale up or down, responding quickly to changing market conditions.
Yet the security of the cloud is a benefit that is lesser known; many misconceptions regarding cloud security results in businesses being hesitant to fully adopt cloud solutions.
Here is how Cloud Computing can increase security:
Reduced data leakage
Storing a business’s data centrally, prevents the loss of laptops and other devices becoming a problem. Small, temporary caches on handheld devices or computers pose less risk than transporting data buckets. Lock down a device if it is lost, with no sensitive held stored locally on the device.
Security patching is done for you
The majority of organisations do not have the resources to manage on-site security of systems that need to be regularly monitored, patched and tested thoroughly. Being Cloud-based provides a business with the specialist resources of a data centre, where patches are installed and tested centrally. End-users are then automatically updated with the new patches without the need to do anything.
Large scale security implementation
Implementing security measures on a larger-scale makes it cost-effective, with these savings passed down to the end-user. Data centres provide their services to a large number of businesses; it is easier and more economical for them to make sure that their system is 100% secure from hackers, accidents, and bugs.
Evidence-gathering and investigation
Cloud computing services offer quick evidence gathering for forensic and investigation purpose. In traditional systems this is attained by turning your server offline, but cloud based servers don’t need to be turned down. The customers can now store logs more cost-effectively, allowing comprehensive logging and increasing performance.
Despite popular belief, the Cloud does not present any risks to sensitive data that do not already exist with an on premise environment. In fact, the majority of SMEs that evaluate their internal security, response times, and downtime to the service level assurances they get with a reputable CSP, such as Your IT Works, find that their security is increased by moving to the Cloud.
With a Your IT Works Cloud solution you have access to your own easy to use interface, giving you the power to control access to your data and systems. You manage who can log on to your systems and define what devices can be used to do so, as well as the ability to set specified access levels. Keeping your systems secure and controlling your data has never been simpler.