Cloud based data backup has received considerable traction in the market and it is no secret that cloud has gained widespread popularity over the course of last decade. Amazon and Google started using the term “cloud computing” way back in 2006 and we have journeyed a long way since then.
When organizations are considering moving to the cloud one of the first questions asked are related to the security of the system which is a genuine concern, since there have been a lot of fears and doubts circulating across the industry around this point — particularly with some high profile breaches, 2016 has felt like the year of data breaches. Yahoo, Dropbox, Buzzfeed, NetFlix: scores of businesses were either targeted by cyber attackers in 2016 or a past data hack came to light in 2016.
So, let’s demystify those security concerns and give peace of mind for organizations looking to move forward with a transition to the cloud.
Myth #1. Cloud computing is too new to trust
The cloud has existed a lot longer than many people realize. The concept of the cloud began in the 1950s. The first mainframes were so expensive that major corporations and universities set up terminals and shared the mainframe. As the internet became widely accessible in the ’90s, cloud computing started to really take shape along today’s lines. Purchasing and deploying software over the Internet started in the late ’90s, so there’s over 20 years of history where businesses used cloud computing technologies to better their businesses.
In addition to how much security cloud computing can lend to your organization, there are even more positive aspects of the cloud. Lowered expenses when it comes to operating and maintaining cloud software as opposed to traditional IT software is just one additional bonus. Once you get past the myths about the cloud that do nothing more than limit the perception of cloud computing’s ability, you get a clearer view on how using the cloud can actually improve the way your organization functions.
Those who harness the cloud now will be the first to reap its long-term rewards.
Myth #2. Cloud environments are easier to attack
Cloud computing is perceived as less secure. This is more of a trust issue than based on any reasonable analysis of actual security capabilities. To date, there have been very few security breaches in the public cloud — most breaches continue to involve on-premises data center environments. While cloud providers should have to demonstrate their capabilities, once they have done so there is no reason to believe their offerings cannot be secure.
Given the numerous high-profile data breaches that have occurred in the past, it’s understandable why this would be a legitimate concern. Many of these attacks have been accomplished through password hacks or social engineering. The good news is that business-oriented cloud providers make sure to address these vulnerabilities by taking various security measures.
External Internet threats are real, but no more threatening to the cloud than to any other service delivery environment. Enterprises deploying a private cloud must provide the same level of scrutiny for both detection and prevention that they would take when deploying workloads using a hosting provider or their own internal IT infrastructure.
Proper authorization is critical to cloud security, since it ensures that users will only be able to access data they are authorized to. Unique usernames, digital certificates, and strong passwords are some essential authentication procedures. Two factor authentication is a vital cloud security measure – it requires employees to have both a strong password and a trusted mobile number that can be used to send a unique numerical security code to in order to log into the system. This prevents users from failing for a phishing scam and getting their system credentials compromised, which is one of the biggest user-related risks to be concerned about. Two factor authentication adds a layer of security to the cloud that is difficult to break through.
So the clouds aren’t easier to attack, since the vulnerability depends on the security posture of the data center and the Cloud backup solution itself, which is provided by various security tools and methods.
Myth #3. Customers in the same cloud can attack each other.
A persistent myth concerning cloud is that a multitenant, cloud-based infrastructure is inherently more vulnerable than a traditional IT infrastructure. In a public cloud, customers share a pool of compute, storage and network resources. As these physical resources are shared, the first common concern is that cloud customers are more easily subjected to attack by other customers using the same service.
Although public clouds permit sharing of network space by different users, this does not give anyone else access to your data. Data is encrypted in transit for cloud networks, which makes deciphering any potential breach nearly impossible. Internal networks don’t usually deploy encryption, making them more susceptible if a breach does occur for the on–premises center. Data in the cloud operates like a highway: The road is shared among many vehicles, but no one is entering your car because it’s locked (encrypted) and traveling down the highway.
Therefore, it is not easy for an attack to be triggered by another cloud subscriber in a multitenant cloud environment. In addition, some cloud providers offer options to further mitigate multitenancy risks. Cloud subscribers should evaluate their applications and requirements and choose a cloud provider and cloud offering based on the needs of their applications.
Myth #4 – On-premise systems are so much safer
It’s interesting that so many business leaders still consider on-premise business systems as so much safer than Cloud solutions. Yet storing data on-premise is akin to keeping all your money in a shoe box under the bed.
Far too many businesses still have on-site servers that are inherently risky due to location, questionable back-up processes and defective security measures. Servers in unsecured places and business owners with data backed up to USB devices on keyrings are worryingly common.
Whilst cyber-crime needs to be protected against, how many business owners seriously protect themselves against threats from ‘insiders’? The malicious theft of data from a disgruntled employee, a fraudulent act from an unscrupulous insider and negligent/accidental behavior that creates a security breach, are still far more common than cyber-attacks. An on-premise server offers ‘insiders’ far greater access to the company’s precious data!
And, when it comes to natural or man-made disasters, on-premises data centers can even be more at risk for data loss. Rather than storing data at multiple locations, on-site data centers rely on a single location to store all servers and hardware. That means a flood, tornado, hurricane, or any disaster could decimate your server room and result in significant downtime or data loss.
The cloud allows faster recovery of data in an emergency or power outage. Cloud-based solutions put effective disaster recovery within reach of just about any company. You can recover data without the high costs of maintaining and upgrading a second physical backup site.
Myth 5 – Data is less secure when stored in the cloud
Security is often listed as the primary concern for the IT departments of companies of all sizes. Cloud based services are assumed to be insecure partly due to the association of the term Cloud with Internet. On the topic of cloud access, there is a common belief that uploading data to the cloud takes the control out of your hands and into the nebulous hands of “the internet” at large, while the reality is extremely straightforward: No one can access cloud data without being authorized. It’s as simple as that. Additionally, most of the cloud backups available commercially today provide encryption of data, at flight and at rest which ensures that the data is rendered unreadable the moment it is scheduled for transfer over the Internet, all the way to the Provider’s Data Center where it remains secure and encrypted.
One of the primary benefits that cloud computing services provide is that they do the patching and security monitoring for you. Transferring data storage to the cloud better secures company data by reducing stress on internal IT departments. In addition, there are multiple levels of monitoring of the cloud data, with the cloud application provider and data host, such as Microsoft or Azure (which have more robust security measures in place than a typical IT department), each owning a part of the data security responsibility.
Lastly, cloud security frequently firewalls internal and external networks. Since the target location of most breaches is internal due to users unintentionally downloading malware through unlicensed software, creating a firewall that insulates the internal network and prevents the external network from becoming compromised adds additional layers of security. The same works in reverse. If it is an external threat, the firewall will prevent internal networks from becoming compromised too. It’s no wonder that 69 percent of organizations are relying on cloud–based cybersecurity to reduce risk and create better security.
Myth 6: Cloud backup is expensive
This might have been true in the year 2000, but times have changed. A cloud backup can be more cost-effective than other data storage and backup solutions, like on-premises servers and degradable magnetic tape, which have been the backup method of choice for most organizations since the late 20th century. Having a cloud backup means eliminates the cost of investing in storage and rack space, software installation, deploying redundancy hardware, procuring tape drives and tape libraries, as well as maintenance, re-indexing…The list goes on.
In addition, most cloud backup and storage services employ a “pay-as-you-go” subscription model. These subscription models are usually flexible so you can control how much you spend, depending on your requirements. A cloud backup will only cost as much as you need it to. You don’t need to buy more backup capacity than you need. This method of payment is extremely beneficial to SMBs and startups that aspire to secure their data with cloud backup.
The truth is, cloud backups are extremely affordable. This becomes even more true if you consider how darn expensive it is to try to recover data if you don’t back up
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