4 Ways Cloud Supplies Security
You can’t have a cloud-computing discussion without bringing up security. Cloud-based applications and services provide security in these four ways:
1. Built in
Many cloud services and tools have security features built into their existing architecture. “In most cases, the cloud is more secure than on-premises data centers. Cloud providers have made — and continue to make — significant investments to ensure the infrastructure is secure,” says Josh Jones, senior network security architect at Insight.
2. A multifaceted approach
Employing both software-based and physical security solutions, Cloud Service Providers (CSPs) tackle risk prevention and data loss in an integrated manner. Uniting policy enforcement, management systems and encryption, these organizations develop solutions that are compliant with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA), PCI (Payment Card Industry) and Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).
While CSPs are vigilantly constructing their control mechanisms and thoughtfully planning how they can protect their platforms, you may want to take small steps at first. Transitioning in phases, Jones recommends migrating less-sensitive applications and workloads to the cloud first.
3. Careful monitoring
With the ability to monitor resources, components and adherence to policies, CSPs can shut off any part of the system if something is affecting the overall security of the platform or service.
“Transparency and governance apply just as equally to the cloud as the internal data center,” Jones says.
4. Standalone service
The adoption of mobile, social and cloud at increasing rates is producing parallel growth in cloud-based security services. As a result, the way security is delivered and employed by users has evolved. With economical pricing, Gartner estimates more than 30% of security controls implemented by small and medium businesses will be cloud-based by 2015.
To protect your company and its data while leveraging cloud computing services and tools, you may want to consider utilizing the products and services of our trusted partners, including:
- McAfee delivers real-time visibility and analytics, helping reduce risk, ensuring compliance, improving Internet security and aiding your business in achieving operational efficiencies.
- Symantec™ offers data protection and security management solutions for businesses of every size.
- Trend Micro's suite of adaptive threat and data protection solutions, which will have you covered—from end-to-end enterprise and small business security to targeted endpoint security, data protection, and Web and messaging security.
The benefits cloud computing offers can create a real competitive advantage for your organization — and the misconception that there’s a lack of security shouldn’t stand in the way of increased productivity and flexibility.