Why it is Safer to Go to the Cloud
The main security issue with going to the cloud is that you are entrusting IT functions and important business data to a third-party provider that is a totally separate entity from your organization.
In most cases, that is a frightening thought. Who knows what this third-party will do with your IT assets?
On the other hand, you can be surprised that security issues in cloud computing are overblown. Yes, you are entrusting your business IT assets to a third-party provider, but you are not the only one.
In fact, cloud computing providers handle multiple clients at once and it will not be in their favor if even one of these clients cries foul over the handling of their own IT assets.
Cloud providers are in the business of providing cloud-based IT services and solutions for multiple businesses so it is only logical to employ the highest level of security to protect their cloud data center.
Common Cyber and Network Threats
Now that it is established that cloud-based computing is actually very secure just because of the nature of their business.
It is also time to recognize the fact that, on your own, you probably do not have the same capabilities to protect your own IT assets at the level of protection that can be given by a trusted cloud provider.
And with so many types of cyber and network threats right now, you would need a really high level of protection.
To give you an idea, here are the most common security attacks that can threaten your business:
These are software that are designed not only to infect computers but also replicate and spread out. In most instances, it will look to spread to the whole network and through the internet towards other devices. Depending on the design of the virus, its effects can vary from destroying data to disabling security settings.
Malware and Ransomware
Malware is a piece of software that is designed to disrupt your computer system or even worse, gain access to it. Aside from that, It can be used to steal important data from your computer system and network.
Ransomware is a bit the same. It will take control of your computer and restrict your access to it until you pay a certain amount of money – thus the name, ransomware.
This malicious code is hidden inside a seemingly harmless program. Once the program is run, the attack will then commence. Pretty similar to how the Trojan horse was sent to destroy Troy from the inside.
DoS and DDoS Attacks
DoS stands for denial of service. What happens is that websites are intentionally being overloaded with unofficial traffic. Because of the traffic overload, websites crash or are not able to serve legit visitors.
DoS eventually evolved into DDoS or distributed denial of service. Where previously the attack originates from a single computer, which is no longer enough to overwhelm websites today, that attack is now perpetuated from different computers at the same time.
Cost Effective System and Network Security
With all the different ways your company network and systems can be attacked, it is no wonder why a lot of businesses are spending more on additional cyber and networks security.
If you are a small business, however, will you have the budget and the resources to spare to implement the type of security measures needed to protect your business?
Fortunately, you do not have to. By moving to the cloud, you can take advantage of the high-level security measures your cloud provider has.
Cloud providers usually employ a multi-layered approach to security to cover different bases. You can expect a high level of access restriction to the cloud servers physically and virtually. In addition, there are regular audits to ensure that everything is in order. Most managed service providers can also provide 24/7 monitoring of your cloud-hosted networks. There should also be options for user management that allows for restriction of access to certain business resources.
For actual attacks, cloud providers have automated response to most known threats and emergency response procedures for critical attacks.
The best part is that you can enjoy all these security measures by subscribing to a cloud computing service on a monthly basis instead of spending big bucks for inferior security solutions.
Security Issues in Cloud Computing is Not a Problem with thinkIT Solutions
thinkIT Solution is a managed IT service provider that specializes in secure cloud computing solutions for businesses.
If you are looking for cost-effective but highly secure IT solutions, consider moving to the cloud.
thinkIT Solutions can give you a free consultation. Contact us now at (504) 608-1132!