Whether you’re a cloud expert or just now breaching the cloud with your business, understanding what the cloud is and what it does is crucial before implementing the cloud into your business plan.
Business leaders often fear the worst when it comes to working with data—a breach in security. When holding sensitive information about yourself and your clients, it can be intimidating to think about migrating data over to a space that’s not located at your business. You are, essentially, putting your data in the hands of a third party.
But these fears are easily distilled with some lesser known facts about the security of working in the cloud. Getting familiar with the cloud and how its security works is a great first step to understanding the bigger picture.
Here are a few common myths about cloud security that need to be debunked so you and your employees understand the truth behind cloud services and cloud security.
Myth: Cloud technology is new.
Truth: The cloud has been around since the 1990s.
To begin with, the idea that something new cannot be trusted is an old-fashioned way of thinking for modern businesses. Many new forms of technology are worthy of trust. Cloud has a long history, dating back decades.
The cloud’s implementation has roots in the 1990s as the internet became more widespread with more user access. Through years of exploring, the cloud is now a tested source where information can be stored safely. And companies are catching on—there’s been a huge increase in the number of businesses migrating data to the cloud in recent years.
Myth: Your data is unsafe in the cloud.
Truth: Data is considered safer in the cloud than on a hard drive.
Because the cloud replicates data in several places, it’s harder to lose data even in a security breach. Data would have to be deleted in several places at the same time and even then it can usually be recovered.
Unsafe practices involve not monitoring data regularly and having loose access rights to data. With cloud services, these tasks become easier and more streamlined so that your data is even safer than on your hard drives.
Myth: More security breaches happen in the cloud.
Truth: More security breaches happen in traditional hard drives.
According to recent studies, there are more security breaches on in-house hard drives than on cloud-based systems. Typically, breaches in security happen because of how you access data, not because of where the data is located. So it’s not about keeping the information on-site.
Rather, it’s about taking extra precautions to ensure the way you access information is the best way possible.
Myth: Anyone can access information on the cloud.
Truth: Only approved users can access your data.
Just because you’re using a server that’s not located in-house doesn’t mean your data can be accessed by anyone. In fact, there are strict parameters on who can access your data and what they can do with it. Only users to whom you grant permission have access to the data on the cloud where you have information. The great thing about using cloud services is that it is easy to adjust user permissions. You can give your employees read-only access or instantly remove access as needed.
The cloud is rising to become a more secure type of data storage, one you can trust. With higher security and data replication, your information is held at the highest level of security in a cloud application.