In almost every way, the cloud is proven to be a place where business gets better. For companies using a cloud service provider, operations run smoother, employees work faster and money is saved. But as with all good things, there are other considerations to take into account. And as far as the cloud goes, the risk of security breaches poses a constant threat to companies operating on a virtual platform.
Cloud attacks are mounting as malware authors become more adept
According to a 2014 report carried out by a Houston-based cybersecurity service provider, the threat landscape for cyberattacks on cloud environments is both increasing at a steady rate and becoming harder to track, Houston Business Journal reported. The proliferation of malicious strains coupled with the sophistication of the hackers behind them is making it extremely difficult to do the kind of preemptive identifying work that can prevent an incursion before it happens. According to the director behind the study, Stephen Coty, another key reason that companies face attacks in the cloud is because they often do not take the suitable measures to defend their operations from the untold number of criminals perusing the cybersphere.
"I think our numbers show the cloud can be just as safe as enterprise data centers, but to secure an environment to the full extent, companies must share responsibility — you have to be secure and your service provider has be secure," he said.
Fortunately for businesses, there is an answer to the predicament Coty discussed that does not involve a cumbersome workload on the part of the company: a migration to the enterprise cloud. Because of its highly individualized and identity-protective format, the enterprise cloud provides a measure of security for its users that the public cloud never could. Whereas the public cloud occupies an open sphere that is easily prone to attacks, each enterprise cloud platform is tailor-made to the needs of its client and exists for that client alone. As a result, businesses in the private cloud can expect a security infrastructure that is rigidly guarded and geared toward keeping all malicious third parties out.
Move to enterprise cloud cannot wait
For many companies, virtual security usually does not take priority over things like, say, changes to store design or the addition of a new product line. But unfortunately, the consequences of not having a robust business security system are often only felt after an attack happens, when a vulnerable company is left to realize just how naive it had been to think it was safe. Luckily, though, all businesses are safe in the enterprise cloud, since it is a place that is designed to meet the needs of any kind of operation. According to a prominent lab that carries out analytics on malware, there are 315,000 malicious strains circulating the Web on a daily basis, ITWeb reported. If this number is not impetus enough to encourage an enterprise cloud migration, we don't know what is.