It was the cyber-news heard around the world. The recent revelation that Heartbleed – a vulnerability in OpenSSL used by many websites – may have resulted in the exposure of 66 percent of passwords used across the entire Internet sent users into a tailspin of worry and dread. Naturally, both individuals and companies alike began evaluating their online presences, taking precautions to change passwords and monitor activity. But there are still risks in the public cloud that cannot be ignored.
Public cloud vulnerabilities should facilitate enterprise cloud migration
According to CloudTweaks, there are inherent risks for businesses that operate in the cloud. These include the possibility of breaches from within the company infrastructure. If, say, a disgruntled employee has a grudge and wants to destroy or expose information, a cloud platform would make that easier to carry out.
But of course the cloud is not going anywhere. In fact, it is quickly on the road to becoming the only platform where business happens. Fortunately, there is a way for companies to maintain both security and a strong cloud presence: through a migration to the enterprise cloud. Unlike the public cloud, whose open structure makes malicious data incursions easy, the enterprise cloud is well guarded by walls of defense that protect every organization it serves. These defenses can include a hierarchy of administrative access that ensures that only certain employees have access to highly privileged information. Whereas popular public cloud providers bunch their clients together into one massive and vulnerable platform, each business cloud is tailored to the unique needs of its user. This individualized nature not only provides additional security, but puts cloud control where it should be: in the hands of the enterprises.
Report points to increasing adoption of enterprise cloud platforms
When it comes to deciding on a cloud service provider, businesses appear to be making the right choice and settling in a private cloud. According to an information graphic assembled by Baseline, the market for company private cloud adoptions is experiencing rapid growth. The report found that within two years, nearly 40 percent of organizational functionality will take place in the cloud. The survey also uncovered that respondent organizations are heading to the private cloud over the public cloud, an indication that companies are increasingly getting the message that private cloud means business gains