First impressions can be deceiving, and there’s a good chance some of your first impressions of cloud technology have come in the form of warnings about security. You’ve likely seen plenty of headlines out there about security challenges, but the reality is:
So while security risks are real, the cloud is also more secure than you think. Otherwise, why would so many businesses already trust these services with their own and their clients’ most sensitive data?
IT ALL STARTS WITH TRAVERSING THE INTERNET
You may trust your personal photos and music to the web, but it’s understandable to be hesitant about putting your business’s and your clients’ data on the internet considering it is, essentially, a publically accessible network. Business-class cloud services are working around this limitation with encryption:
THE MAJOR ISSUES
These are valid concerns:
- 53 percent of IT professionals listed access control as their primary cloud security concern.
- Just one-third of businesses considered external data sharing to be their greatest concern.
- 79 percent of data security pros consider end users, not the underlying technology, to be their greatest security headache.
UNDERLYING CLOUD SECURITY CONCERNS
MOVING PAST PASSWORDS
Access control is one of the major “people problems” that can ruin your day. Poor password practices can drive anybody crazy, but fortunately, modern technology has evolved to make it easier to safeguard your work.
User authentication can be a cloud security hang-up, but modern apps are giving you more options, making it easier to keep data safe without driving you crazy trying to remember dozens of passwords – a single cloud service means remembering a single set of credentials.
MOVING CONFIDENTLY INTO THE CLOUD
Many cloud service providers have more resources than your business when it comes to security – it’s a key part of their job after all, and it’s a key point highlighted by Gartner, a research firm that specializes in analyzing cutting-edge tech adoption, as a reason to take advantage of the cloud.
User authentication is also evolving as more businesses ramp up cloud deployment. This leaves visibility and policy compliance as key issues, and those are problems that individual apps can handle for you. For example, industry leading collaboration technologies offer built-in document tracking and notifications so you always know who has access to your files and what they’re doing with the data.
Cloud technology has officially evolved to become significantly more secure than other solutions including on-prem. With that in mind, we can rest assured that our sensitive data is protected and focus more on the work that matters.