Security breaches are increasingly common in our digital world, and the internet has done as

much to connect the planet as it has given cyber criminals an avenue into our lives. The high-

profile security breach of Apple’s cloud storage system has caused many people to worry about

the security of their data in cloud storage and whether total security is possible for today’s

businesses.

When upgrading telecommunications systems, using managed network support for the internet, or

arranging for IT service, it’s important to understand how the company you choose for these

services is keeping your data safe whether it’s a voicemail stored on a computer in your office or

it’s a sensitive company document housed on the company cloud.

 

Security is a Significant Concern in Cloud Adoption

One of the primary concerns for companies moving to a cloud-based system is whether the

security of the new system will be sufficient. Using firewalls and traditional intrusion detection

programs is how companies have operated for years, but there is the misconception that

migrating to a cloud environment means the company will have less control and less security.

In fact, keeping a cloud secure requires the same vigilance that a non-cloud environment would

require. Further, there are some helpful safeguards that can improve the security of the cloud and

that are appropriate for any digital environment that can be accessed remotely.

Clearing Up Some Misconceptions About the Cloud

There are hackers who want to access your data whether you store it on a home computer, on the

company’s server, or in a cloud environment. The cloud isn’t less secure because more cyber

thieves want to hack into it. The fact is all environments are vulnerable to attack and must be

guarded appropriately. Vergent takes this role very seriously.

Interestingly, one report actually revealed that while cloud environments are attacked somewhat

more often, negative events occur more frequently at on-premises environments. The lesson is

that any environment is vulnerable, and appropriate security measures are important no matter

where a company stores its data.

Benefits of the Cloud

In some ways, the cloud may offer better security than a standard in-house server. Consider that

housing your data in the cloud may mean it’s more secure in terms of a potential disaster.

Companies specializing in cloud services house their machinery in exceptionally safe physical

environments.

In addition, the cloud also provides these benefits:

  •  No maintenance required as Vergent does all the upkeep
  •  Access data from absolutely anywhere, even if you’re not at work
  •  Increase storage capacity with ease
  •  Lower overhead and technology costs for your business

Ensuring a Cloud Environment is Secure

There are ways to enhance security in a cloud environment, and those ways are similar to how a

company might secure its data on-site. Developing a security strategy is important and takes

planning in advance of a migration to the cloud.

Ways to improve cloud security include:

1. Know how the system might be attacked and set up security specifically to prevent those

security breaches.

2. Test the system’s vulnerabilities for weaknesses on a regular basis and make changes

when testing reveals problems.

3. Control access to the server whether it’s in a cloud environment or located on site at your

company.

Moving to the Cloud with Vergent

As your cloud solutions provider, we’ll create a cloud migration assessment to give you an idea

of how the cloud can meet the changing needs of your business. Our success depends on the

satisfaction of the companies, individuals, and organizations using our cloud solutions, and

security is one of our primary focuses. If you have questions about keeping your data secure and

the benefits of using a cloud for your business, give us a call.

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