What are the benefits of cloud security?

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A guest post by Jessica Bullet.

With so many businesses discovering the benefits of using the cloud, cloud security has become an important aspect every business should consider.

In fact, according to Sid Nag, the research vice president at Gartner,  up to 60% of businesses and organisations will employ a third-party service provider’s cloud managed service offering by 2022. This is twice the percentage in 2018.

Whether you use the cloud to streamline your business processes or simply to back up your files, having robust cloud security should be part of your strategy.

What is cloud security?

Cloud security, also known as cloud computing strategy, is composed of a set of practices designed to protect data and applications that are hosted in the cloud.

Just like cyber security, it also covers a very broad area, making it impossible to prevent all sorts of attacks. However, having a well-designed cloud security strategy in place greatly reduces the risk of cyber-attacks.

Even with the risks associated with cloud computing, it is still considered more secure than on-premises computing. Professional cloud providers are armed with strategies and technologies to keep your data securer than regular businesses. This allows cloud providers to keep their infrastructures up to date and patch vulnerabilities immediately.

A single organisation, on the other hand, will not have the necessary resources to perform these tasks conveniently.

The main objectives

The main objective of a cloud security strategy is to minimise the threats by protecting data. This includes managing and controlling user authentication and access, and maintaining operations even in the face of an attack.

Here are some of the common risks businesses have to watch out for:

  • Data Leaks – Businesses that decide to host sensitive data on the cloud lose control of physical access to the server. This causes more security vulnerabilities because the business can no longer determine who has physical access to the servers where their data is hosted.
  • User Authentication and Access Management – Cloud services are usually secured with a username and password. However, there is always the possibility that cybercriminals could steal your login details, get unauthorised access to cloud services, and steal your data. There is also the risk of an attacker releasing malicious code into the system.
  • Too Much Access to Data – With your data hosted in the cloud, you have no control how much data users are able to access. It is possible that an internal, authorised user has too much access to internal data than should be necessary.
  • Malicious Attacks – DDoS attacks and malware infections are some of the common attacks perpetrated on cloud services. They can either cripple or destroy the entire cloud infrastructure. This will place your data at harm’s way.

Faced with these challenges, cloud security has become a must for businesses using cloud technology.

Advantages of having cloud security

Online security threats are always evolving and growing to be more sophisticated. Cloud computing faces no lower risk than an on premise environment.

Because of this, it is necessary to work with a cloud provider that provides the best cloud security that can be customised for your infrastructure.

Here are some of the benefits of having a solid cloud security for your business:

Centralised security

One of the roles of cloud computing is that it centralises applications and data.

Cloud security, on the other hand, centralises protection. Cloud-based business networks are composed of multiple devices and endpoints that are quite difficult to manage.

Dealing with these entities using a central system facilitates traffic analysis and content filtering, streamlines the process of keeping track of network events, and leads to fewer software and policy updates.

It is also easier to carry out disaster recovery plans when they are managed in one place.

Active protection

Without a cloud security strategy in place, IT teams are like firefighters trying to resolve security issues reactively.

They can only wait for trouble to arise before figuring out a solution that works. But if you use a cloud provider with a cloud security in place, proactive security features are automatically set up to offer protection for your data 24/7 — with little or no human intervention.

Whether someone deliberately infected the system with malware or a DDoS attack has been perpetrated, having cloud security provides timely protection for these kinds of attacks.

Reduced administration

As mentioned above, having cloud security provides real-time protection for your data hosted in the cloud.

The same concept applies to security updates. You don’t have to worry about setting manual configurations or installing security updates regularly because all of these will be taken cared of on your behalf.

All security administration occurs in one place, which provides centralised protection for your data.

Reliability

Cloud computing provides reliable round-the-clock services and protection.

By implementing the right cloud security measures, users are able to safely access data and applications stored within the cloud anytime, regardless of where they are or what device they are using.

Wrapping up

More and more businesses are finding out the many advantages of moving their systems to the cloud.

Cloud computing enables businesses to operate at scale and minimise technology costs. It also uses agile systems which provides a competitive edge. But it is also critical for these organisations to ensure that a comprehensive cloud computing security strategy is in place.

Having cloud security makes sure that all data, systems, and applications are protected from leakage, data theft, unauthorised access, corruption, and deletion.

About the author

As a Journalist by profession, Jessica Bullet has extensive experience in writing about various topics under the sun, including technology, gadgets, travel, social media, and digital marketing. If she’s not writing articles for Software Tested, she’s either watching her favourite TV series or playing video games.

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