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Data Security In House Vs. In the Cloud

Despite the increase in cloud adoption, many companies remain hesitant to move forward with that transition due to concerns about its security. These concerns range from data privacy to data loss and breaches. For these reasons, there are some organizations that still hesitate to transfer control of their data to cloud providers. In reality, these concerns are exaggerated. Let’s see why :

Better defense capabilities

For cloud providers to be successful, they must manage large volumes of data. This capability requires the employment and training of large teams specifically trained to manage, secure, and operate gigantic cloud infrastructure and the data hosted within it. The amount of experience required to manage a cloud outshines the experience that most individual companies can have. The expertise found in cloud-managed service providers is highly focused on data security. As a result, setbacks due to a lack of experience in cloud security are out of the question, and the cloud infrastructure is adequately protected against vulnerabilities.

Secure development life cycles

Most local solutions develop over the years, sometimes even decades. When concerns and new requirements arise, architects and solution managers are forced to improve and upgrade their systems. This development cycle is similar for cloud solutions with one important difference: security builds on the solution from the start. Especially on older legacy systems, some of today’s data security concerns were not considered in their early stages of deployment.

Continuous audit

If a cloud provider is serious about data security, that seriousness extends to continuous auditing, monitoring, and security testing of all operational aspects of the infrastructure. In addition to ensuring greater reliability of solutions, continuous auditing ensures that all software is updated to the latest version, all anomalies in system performance are identified and resolved, and all security compliance requirements are met. Constant monitoring ensures that any irregular behavior is immediately identified and investigated.

Automation and Repeatability

The cloud infrastructure is built with automation in mind: less manual intervention in routine functions and fewer opportunities for mistakes to be made. Cloud services perform a limited number of tasks per design. Most tasks open a virtual instance and close that instance. These tasks are standardized, as are most of the hardware, network equipment, applications, and operating systems used to perform those tasks. This standardization facilitates the security of cloud infrastructures. Due to the greater economies of scale involved, the principles of automation and repeatability are essential in the implementation of new systems.

Tighter access controls

A major concern is the loss of data control for businesses if the data is outside of their firewall. This control extends to the belief that some employees of the cloud provider have general access to your confidential data. A properly managed cloud provider will have multiple roles sharing responsibilities for the entire cloud solution without anyone having full access to all components of the solution. In other words, no person has the level of access necessary to threaten the security or confidentiality of a customer’s data.