To Switch or Not to Switch: Storing Data on the Cloud

Are you afraid of using cloud services? You’re not alone! Many fear that their data may not be secure in the cloud. Continue reading to demolish the myths about cloud security and show you that with the appropriate safeguards your data really can be secure!

It’s likely that you already use the cloud to store and access data over the internet instead of your computer’s hard drive. Some of the most common include Dropbox, Google Drive, and Amazon Web Services. Even if you use it at home, using the cloud for your business data may give rise to a variety of security concerns.

Research indicates that revenue from cloud computing is expected to hit $411 billion this year. Therefore, it’s no wonder that more and more companies are switching either totally or partially to the cloud, where speed and flexibility enable them to maintain a strong competitive edge.

We believe that informed individuals make better decisions, so we provide our customers with reliable information about cloud security. We generally advise them to shift to cloud services only after considering the complete range of options. Given the rapid pace of change in cybersecurity, we offer our clients support to help them stay informed about the latest technologies and options.

Deconstructing the Data Security Myth

In fact, security breaches of cloud-stored data are extremely infrequent. And, in the past few years, the majority of data breaches have not been cloud-related. Rather, they were internal data breaches.

Despite this, 73% of world-wide companies identify data security as the biggest reason that prevents them from migrating to the cloud.

Why is that? What is the real issue? Whether you’re looking for information on security trends, solutions to difficult technical concerns, or consultation about your company’s security strategy, we can expertly advise you about all things related to cloud security.

The Industry Forum states that the main issue is based on “control.” Generally, companies want complete control over their data, and they are apprehensive about giving up control when they use cloud providers. They often prefer to keep data in-house, even if it’s less secure.

We can help companies develop the correct combination of cloud and private data hosted solutions to ensure that data remains secure. So, what contributes to our solution being so secure?

Data Security That Cloud Providers Provide

Before I delve into the various security measures offered, I want to stress that cloud providers aren’t all the same. It’s important that you find out about their security policies:

  • Do they have a firewall, anti-virus detection, multi-user authentication, and data encryption?
  • Do they follow government regulations?
  • Do they include routine security audits?

Most cloud providers offer encryption – which is the most effective way to secure company data online. Encryption involves converting data into a code to prevent suspicious or unauthorized access.

Some offer higher levels of encryption than others. At Dropbox, for example, they split data into chunks using a process called Sharding. The data is then encrypted in separate pieces and stored in different places. If someone decrypts the data, they can only see blocks.

Dropbox provides you with the option to handle your encryption keys for accessing the data. They also encourage you to use two-factor authentication on top of your regular password to ensure maximum security.

Other companies provide additional ways to secure shared content. For example, with Box, you don’t actually send a file, but rather a non-downloadable preview of the file is sent.

The fast-paced growth of cloud solutions shouldn’t surprise you. It offers many perks:

  •   Decreased infrastructure and operating costs
  •   Expanded agility
  •   Better speed to market

If you’re still reluctant to switch entirely to the cloud, hybrid models are available. Sensitive data can be stored in a private cloud and other data in a public cloud.

A public hosting solution stores your data in their data center, and they’re responsible for the management and maintenance. With a private cloud, you maintain full control over that data.

Security is certainly one of the main considerations in migrating to the cloud. For more information about whether to transfer all or some of your company’s data to the cloud, contact Kustura Technologies or visit our website.

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