If there is a common refrain that keeps businesses from moving to the cloud, it is that security is spotty. It is difficult for organizations to find a way to feel safe with their data in the cloud. Yet, for many companies, the cloud may actually be more secure than their current setups. While most people understand that there is a risk to their data being accessed when they use public cloud based services, they see this in absence of the larger security context. Files can be accessed by criminals occasionally when groups use cloud based services. That information can also be grabbed, however, when it is sitting on a company's servers. The issue is not the form of storage, but the security of the servers. Criminals don't specifically target the cloud when they look for people or places to hack – they look for the places they can get the most money for the least effort.
A recent survey done by the Cloud Security Alliance found that 61 percent of respondents said the security of data on the cloud was an executive concern. This risk can be mitigated in a number of ways, through the use of governance programs, and encryption, and general security protocols being followed. There isn't a real difference between information accessed remotely and those hosted on a server within a company's warehouse – if they are both connected to the Internet, they can both be accessed by hackers. Instead of worrying about whether or not their information will be safe on the cloud, IT professionals should think about how to keep their information safe when it moves to cloud based services. By developing a longterm strategy of smart security, it is much easier for companies to make any transitions they need in their IT infrastructure.
How can the cloud be made safer?
Working with premium cloud vendors that are able to provide a private cloud hosting service is one way for organizations to get the best cloud they can. It's a simple fact that cloud providers, because they can invest all of their money into IT infrastructure, are able to afford better security measures than their client customers. This means that many groups may actually have increased security guarding their information thanks to the cloud. This functions similarly to the way that people used to use banks: before they were used to trade and give loans and otherwise contribute to the growth of the economy, banks were important because they kept everyone's money safe. Similarly, cloud hosts can keep everyone's data safe because they're the only ones who can afford a large vault to store it all in.
Moving to the cloud can actually be a way for companies to avoid security breaches. With top-tier tech professionals guarding data, it is easier, not harder, to have information that is secure. Data hosted on local servers often feels safer, but it i just as vulnerable to attacks from those who are attempting to get a company's information. While it's not strictly true that there's no such thing as geography online, it is true that physical space means much less. Organizations should, instead of fearing how their information could be accessed while on a cloud server, instead be worried about how much it's being taken while it's on a local server. Fear and risk often cause people to behave irrationally, but there is definitely a need for workers to begin to understand rationally how much moving to the cloud can protect their information.