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Data In The Cloud: Is It Really Secure?

IT security continues to be an enveloping concern for businesses around the world. In response, you may have heard of ‘cloud’ backup services i.e. storage that’s controlled off-site by another organisation. The idea of relinquishing data security to another set of hands is, for some, the last thing they want to do – but their fears are misplaced.

The cloud is, in fact, far more secure than it’s given credit for. Since cloud computing is a now a mainstream concept, and increasingly important in light of GDPR, it’s time we busted some myths, and shared insight on its data protection benefits.

Making sense of those fears…

Let’s begin at the most prominent objections to cloud security, at least in the sense of what people might jump to.

Number One might be the chance of a hack: surely a remote data site is a bigger, juicier target, and therefore more likely to be on the cyber crime hit-list?

Number Two is the perceived danger of access from those who are protecting it. There’s an understandable skittishness around giving our data to another party; after all, how can cloud companies regulate access better than the business itself?

These are the two main points of contention… So let’s explore why they break apart easily under scrutiny.

Beating hackers at their own game

It’s in the interests of cloud storage providers to go further to protect your data with measures like encryption. Cloud databanks may be protecting thousands of users at any one time; they can’t afford to be lax in the fight against hacking attempts.

That’s why the very best programmers are recruited to make the system as watertight as possible. A cloud provider might experience more threats, but they can give a robust defence, leading to a very low breach rate.

This isn’t to say, of course, that there’s a 100% guarantee your data is safe – no-one can provide that certainty. But it does mean you’ll receive grade-A security support, separate data access protocols that are tougher to compromise, and an off-site firewall.

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Erasing the threat of internal tampering

Moving on to the problems of managing your own data storage – either on your servers or in physical form – we can see further reasons why cloud security has the edge. Again, it’s about access, but a much simpler question of who’s able to get to your data centre.

Unauthorised users will find it much harder to meddle with off-site solutions, effectively wiping out the risk of a breach from someone within your organisation. Providing you follow best practices, such as regular password changes and two-factor authentication, cloud data storage should be far more effective at controlling access to sensitive information.

As the introduction of General Data Protection Regulation in May 2018 comes into view, safeguarding your data is no longer going to be a luxury – it will be a responsibility enforceable by law. Get it right, and cloud security control can help you stay compliant in the post-GDPR digital landscape.

For more information, call the Focus team on 01625 221 077, or email info@wearefocus.co.uk. We’re happy to answer any questions you might have about moving to the cloud.