Debunking the Myths of Cloud Security

Cloud computing is arguably one of the most important technologies currently shaping the IT landscape.  However, there are still a good number of business and IT professionals who think the cloud represents a number of different security risks that make it less attractive than more traditional on-premise solutions.  But are those concerns justified? The following is a debunking of the most common myths regarding cloud security.

#1 Data is less secure in the cloud
Simply put, this is simply not the case. Cloud service vendors know that security is the single greatest concern for their current and potential clients. They go to great lengths to ensure the security of their networks and most of them devote more resources and dollars to security than any of their clients could ever even afford. Also consider that you’re relying on the security of giants like Google, Amazon and Microsoft and they invest literally millions of dollars into their infrastructure security every single quarter.  Would you rather trust your data to the weakest link in your own IT department?

#2 Less control in the cloud
While it’s true that most of the processes are transparent to a lot of users when it comes to cloud-based systems, it’s actually critical for the IT department to work closely with their cloud vendor to ensure granular control of their service. As such, the impetus is on you and your organization to control access privileges and protocols within your own firewall and make sure that proper access and authorities are maintained from your end as well as the vendor’s end.  Make no mistake, IT departments have plenty of control… they just aren’t managing the hardware.

#3 Compliance equals security
A lot of people believe that as long as their systems are certified as compliant, that they are secure. Compliance simply certifies that you’re secure for a single moment in time and not necessarily for the long term. Here again, it is more important for your organization to train and ensure that internal staff adhere to the compliance policies and procedures to ensure continued security.  However, if “compliance equals security” in your organization then perhaps it’s time to consider cloud computing.

#4 Organization isn’t using the cloud
An organization may not be utilizing direct vendor-negotiated cloud services, but that doesn’t mean that employees within your organization aren’t using the cloud. Sales, marketing, and service teams are increasingly using independent cloud services like dropbox.com or Google Drive or any number of other cloud-based services for day-to-day responsibilities without IT’s knowledge. Make sure to keep an eye on your systems and talk to other departments to find out if your organization is already using the cloud… and you just don’t know it!

#5 If one client gets hacked, everyone else is vulnerable
There is a common misconception that public cloud hosting is shared hosting. This is not the case. While different clients may be utilizing the same physical infrastructure as other clients, vendors completely segregate data, networks, and device policies per client. Even organizations whose services interact with one-another aren’t susceptible to threats as the platforms are completely separated. That means that any interactions between the two would have to exit the cloud infrastructure and reenter encountering separate security measures every time it leaves or enters the network.

Cloud computing is a safe alternative to most on-premise solutions.  Obviously, there are cases where it simply doesn’t make sense for a wide variety of reasons but the vast majority of organizations can place their trust in the cloud and feel secure about the decision. Hopefully, by debunking these most common myths about cloud security, you have a better understanding of the issues and how to address these concerns within your own organization.

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