Data governance is high on the priority list for many businesses, especially with headline-grabbing fines associated with GDPR non-compliance and data breaches. But, it’s no surprise that some organizations still have concerns on moving away from tried and tested on-premise legacy solutions for the cloud.
The security benefits of cloud solutions are huge - and we're not just saying this because our own solution is cloud-based. More control doesn’t necessarily mean more security. Here’s why..
They walk the walk
Cloud providers must provide assurances that they protect against loss of confidentiality, integrity, and availability of their data.
They do this by certifying their data centers, systems, applications, people, and processes through rigorous internationally recognized third-party audits and certification programs such as ISO 27001, SOC Reports, PCI DSS, GDPR compliance and Cyber Essentials - which, of course, not all businesses have the time, resources or budget to attain themselves.
Trust the experts, free up your team
For a cloud solution provider, their entire business and reputation relies on delivering secure services to their customers. This means it’s vital to employ the highest level of expertise, including developers, technical consultants, and information security officers to ensure customer data remains properly protected, and solutions are configured to industry standards.
Moving to cloud-based security solutions means that organizations don't need this level of expertise in-house. They can, instead, rely on their cloud provider's expertise, freeing up internal resources to focus on other things.
Robust cloud security enhances data protection
Businesses should stop thinking about the physical location of their data and focus more on the security controls in place to protect who can access that data.
Businesses will do this to a certain extent within their own IT environment. However, cloud providers will spend a small fortune on a wide array of different security solutions to protect their service, such as Web Application Firewalls, DDos protection, Privilege Access Management, Patch Management and Intrusion Preventions Systems.
Without these defenses in place for on-premise solutions, malicious actors have many ways of exploiting them to find vulnerabilities. For example, an administrator might be too slow to patch a system, resulting in a malicious attacker gaining full admin rights to a system.
Time for a proactive approach
Being proactive rather than reactive is the best approach. Choosing cloud providers with the necessary expertise, technological defenses, policies and certifications in place will help you to solve some of your biggest security challenges, while providing a more secure environment for your data.