With an increasing number of high profile data breaches affecting companies, information security has never been more important. At the same time, enterprises have never had to deal with a larger amount of data to protect. Employing a cloud platform to host information is an obvious choice for companies dealing with high volumes of data, but it can be difficult to know what kind of cloud solution is right for a specific business.
A report released earlier this month by Skyhigh Networks, a company that tracks the use of cloud services for corporate customers, revealed that many public cloud services are not safe enough for business use.
The study, which was based off research of traffic generated in the public cloud from over 8 million users, found that only 7 percent of services are considered “enterprise-ready”. This is a decrease from the 11 percent of enterprise-ready services last year.
In a separate Ponemon Institute report, one-third of companies surveyed said they expected storing data in a public cloud would have a negative impact on their security posture. However, the study found that of the more than 4,000 organizations involved in the research, a majority of them had still transferred sensitive, confidential data to a public cloud platform.
Private enterprise cloud solutions combine the convenience of the public cloud with the data security and privacy necessary to protect business functions.
With a private cloud platform, data can still be shared and accessed easily, with files able to be viewed anywhere with an enabled device. Sharing is actually simplified with a private cloud, as separate folders aren’t necessary, and those who wish to access information aren’t required to create usernames before files can be shared.