Nowadays cyber-attacks and security breaches are widely publicized by the media and secure storage of data has become of paramount importance for businesses. Over the last year, the average size per data breach has increased by 2.2%. Governments are reacting to these threats by publishing regulations – such as the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) – in order to compel businesses to keep customers’ data secure and safe.
Recently data use has increased exponentially and businesses are facing challenging times keeping information central and secure on their in-house servers. The best alternative is the use of cloud services which enable businesses to process large amounts of data over a secure, online network connection. The majority of individuals and businesses are already using a variety of cloud services without actually realizing they are doing so e.g. by working with cloud-based communication services or sharing programs. The available technologies for cloud solutions can be separated into public and private clouds. A private cloud focusses on the needs and goals of a single organization but it is an investment that needs continuous maintenance and requires in-house IT administration. By contrast public cloud systems are provided by third-party companies who offer software to multiple clients. In this case the cloud service provider is responsible for creating, securing and maintaining the cloud.
Cloud computing was developed two decades ago but has only received a high level of attention during the last years; statistics suggest cloud usage grew 15% during 2018 reaching an all-time high. Cloud computing has many benefits in comparison to the traditional way of processing data via a local server. However, many businesses are missing opportunities by continuing to operate legacy systems as cloud locations are perceived as abstract and not secure enough for business-critical data. Users believe their data is safer when stored on local servers because they think they have more control of the information.
The following topics will explain why public clouds are perceived incorrectly since they are, in fact, as secure as comparable on-site solutions.
- Cloud host’s main task is securing data
Cloud providers are security experts with one main task: focusing on superior security measures to protect users’ stored data. If businesses store their data on an on-site server, the internal IT department is responsible for data security. However, the IT department also manages a wide range of other tasks so data security is not the primary focus.