Much like the recent weather, the tech landscape has been dominated by ‘cloud’. However, despite the attention it attracts, many CIOs and IT decision-makers are struggling to identify and implement the cloud services most suitable for their business. In addition, the rise in global cyber-attacks and the subsequent high-profile press coverage has forced many businesses to question the security of public cloud. In fact, over three quarters (79%) of CIOs stated they found it a challenge to balance the productivity needs of employees against potential security threats.
The reality is that any system has vulnerabilities which can be exploited, but the way businesses plan and mitigate risk are the keys to success. Here are our top three myth-busters on cloud security.
Cloud technology is still in its infancy. Cloud has brightened our skies for much longer than it is given credit for. In fact, cloud technology can be traced as back as far as the 1970’s. The rapid pace of cloud development, coupled with an awakening realisation of what cloud can do for businesses has thrust it into the limelight in recent years.
Physical security keeps data safe. It is a common misconception that having data stored on-premise on your own servers, behind a locked door, is the best form of protection. However, the location of data is not the only factor to consider. The greatest form of defence you can deploy with cloud is a combination of strict access rights, diligent data stewardship and strong governance.
Cloud security is the provider’s responsibility. A provider can have all the security certifications in the world, but businesses still need to implement their corporate policies to ensure compliance. This is crucial, as many cloud end-users often ignore policies; indeed, in Trustmarque’s research of UK office workers, 60% of employees in organisations with cloud usage policies admitted to ignoring them. Concerns around cloud security can stem from negligence when enforcing rules – which is an area that providers are unable to influence.
There is no doubt that cloud will underpin business operations for many years to come, and the speed at which it is evolving can understandably cause a few teething problems. It is the responsibility of providers and clients alike to take ownership of their own elements and apply security policies which are right for their business, their risk profile and the data which they hold.
Working with an experienced partner can often be a way of simplifying the journey to cloud. If you’re looking for help with a cloud migration contact Trustmarque on 0845 2101 500 and talk to one of our experts to find out more.