Four reasons why the cloud is more secure than on-premise legacy systems

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Data governance is high on the priority list for many businesses, especially with the headline grabbing fines associated with GDPR non-compliance and data breaches, from companies such as EasyJet and Marriott International. So it’s no surprise that some organizations still might have concerns to move away from their tried and tested legacy on-premise solutions and give up control to the cloud.

Organizations with these concerns, however, tend to overlook the security benefits of cloud solutions and instead believe that more control of a system means a higher level of security. We humbly disagree, and we're not just saying this because our own solution is cloud-based!

In this blog we explore why more control doesn't automatically mean better security, while also highlighting how cloud solutions offer levels of security that on-premise solutions may lack. 

Proof of security with industry certifications

Cloud providers must provide assurances to their customers that they protect against the loss of confidentiality, integrity and availability of their data. 

This is achieved by certifying their data centres, systems, applications, people and processes through rigorous internationally recognized third-party audits and certification programmes such as ISO 27001, SOC Reports, PCI DSS, GDPR compliance and Cyber Essentials to name a few. Which of course not all businesses have the time, resources or budget to attain themselves.

To find out how Zivver can help your business comply with ISO 27001 please read our Solutions Brief.

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, from developers, technical consultants and information security officers, to ensure customer data remains secure while using the service and solutions are configured to industry standards.

Moving to cloud-based security solutions means that organizations don't need to have this type of expertise in-house and allows them to benefit from the cloud provider's expertise, whilst their own valuable resources are freed up to do 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 the data, which businesses will do to a certain extent within their own IT environment. However, as aforementioned, with business and reputation to uphold, 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 types of defensive solutions in place for on-prem solutions, malicious actors have many ways to exploit them to find vulnerabilities. For example, an administrator might be too slow to patch a system, which someone could take advantage of and end up gaining full admin rights to a system.

Time for a proactive approach

If data governance is a high priority for you, then being proactive instead of reactive is the best approach to have. As outlined already, choosing a cloud provider with the expertise, technological defenses, policies and certifications in place will help you solve some of your biggest security challenges while also providing a more secure environment for your data than an on-premise solution.

Now what?

Discover in depth how Zivver can support different organizations seeking to comply with the ISO 27001 international standard, by reading our Solutions Brief.

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Written by

Luke Dunne

Originally published on December 22, 2020

Last update on February 11, 2021