The fear of the unknown grips all when adopting anything new and it is therefore natural that there are more skeptics when it comes to Cloud computing, which is a new technology that not everybody understands. The lack of understanding creates fear that makes people worry without reason before they take the first step in adapting the latest technology.Â The pattern has been evident during the introduction and launch of any new technology and the advent of Cloud is no exception. It is therefore not a surprise that when it comes to Cloud computing, the likely stakeholders comprising of IT professionals and business owners are wary about the technology and often suspicious about its security level.
Despite wide-scale adoption, more than 90% enterprises in the United States use the Cloud, and there are mixed feelings about Cloud security among companies.Â Interestingly, it is not the enterprise alone that uses the Cloud services NJ because it attracts a large section of small and medium businesses too, with 52% SMBs utilizing the platform for storage. The numbers indicate that the users have been able to overcome the initial fear and now trying to figure out what the new technology is. There is a feeling that the Cloud security is inferior to the security offered by legacy systems and in this article, we will try to understand why the Cloud is so useful and why there should not be concerns about the security.
The perception of Cloud security
The debate rages around whether the Cloud is much more secure or somewhat more secure than legacy systemsÂ It has been revealed in a survey thatÂ 34% IT professionals feel that the Cloud is slightly more secure but not as much secure that would give them the confidence to rank it a few notches above the legacy systems. The opinion stems from the fact that there have been some high profile data breaches in the Cloud at Apple iCloud, Home Depot, and Target but the breaches resulted not from shortcomings of the Cloud security but due to human factors. Misinformation and lack of knowledge are reasons for making people skeptical about Cloud security.
Strong physical barriers and close surveillance
There used to be a time when legacy systems security was not an issue because denying access to on-premise computers was good enough to thwart hackers and other intrusions. However, it can be difficult to implement proper security in legacy systems comprising of the workstation, terminal, and browser that make it unreliable.Â Businesses are now combining legacy systems with the Cloud infrastructure together with the backup and recovery services thus making it more vulnerable to security threats from hackers. Moreover, it is not easy to assess the security of legacy systems that entail a multi-step process that tends to indicate that replacing the legacy system is a better option.
While a locked door is the only defense in most offices to protect the computer system, Cloud service providers have robust arrangements for physical security of data centers comprising of barbed wire, high fences, concrete barriers, security cameras and guards for patrolling the area. Besides preventing people from entering the data center, it also monitors activities in the adjoining spaces.
Access is controlled
The threat is not only from online attackers that try to breach the system, but the threat also comes from people gaining easy physical access to the system that could make it more vulnerable. Cloud service providers ensure complete data security through data encryption during storage, organizations are now turning to selective data storage by using the Cloud facility for storing sensitive data offsite and keep it inaccessible from unauthorized persons. It reduces the human risk of causing damage since only the authorized users get access to sensitive data that remains securely stored in the Cloud. No employee, vendors or third parties can access the data by breaching the security cordon.
Cloud service providers are well aware of the security concerns and adopt robust security measures to ensure that once data reaches the data centers, it remains wholly protected. The Cloud is under close monitoring and surveillance round the clock that gives users more confidence about data security. When using the Cloud services, you not only get access to the top class data center that offers flexibility and security but also you receive the support of qualified experts who help to make better use of the resource for your business.
Auditing security system
To ensure flawless security to its clients, Cloud service providers conduct frequent auditing of the security features to identify possible weaknesses and take measures to eradicate it. Although the yearly audit is the norm, the interim audit may also take place if the need arises.
As the number of Cloud service users keep increasing, it adequately quells the security fears.