Some lessons can only be learned through experience, and security is no exception. Safety is something that is constantly developing, and we can't always know what dangers lurk around the corner until we experience them. Take traffic safety, for example. It wasn't until after we started manufacturing and driving cars that we realized the potential for danger existed. However, with every new model of car, innovative safety features are being introduced to the roadway to reduce the risk of injury. Now, we have safety belts, collision avoidance technologies, improved traffic safety laws and airbags.
Cloud based services can be seen the same way. Cyber attacks happen, but they have strengthened the security measures to protect important data. With each of these events, engineers can see the points of weakness and fix them to prevent any other security breaches. Just with automotive technology, every day brings new advances for cybersecurity. With the right security, it is safe to drive a car, and it is safe to use the cloud.
Putting it in perspective
It is in both the client's and provider's best interest to maintain the highest level of security for cloud computing services. Clients certainly don't want private information accessed by hackers, and providers don't want the awful reputation that comes with a security breach. The efforts everyone is putting forth to secure the cloud should instill more confidence in users.
Cloud computing applications can be even more secure than traditional in-house data storage. This is because the cloud provides high-level security systems at an affordable cost. The cloud also holds an advantage in protecting data because companies aren't putting all their eggs in one basket. If a desktop computer crashes, typically that information would be lost with it. However, with the cloud, that information is protected in a safe remote location and is not affected by any sort of device disaster. Additionally, your cloud service provider is always on hand to answer security questions, so you can receive the safety you deserve.
Looking to the future of cyber security
Virtual security platforms are becoming more service oriented instead of server oriented. This pulls the perimeter of security in closer to the object it actually protects. Items in cloud storage services, for example, can be encrypted and have specific access policies. Furthermore, organizations and providers will be constantly monitoring elements of the cloud and rethinking security policies, always remaining one step ahead of any cyber hackers.