Security Threats and Cloud Computing: How to Overcome

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Security Threats and Cloud Computing
October 18, 2016
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Security Threats and Cloud Computing: How to Overcome

Cloud Computing Services can have many benefits to clients – lower cost, flexibility, ability to scale up or down, easy billing and usage metering, elasticity, and much much more. However, along with these benefits many can easily see the security threats associated with cloud computing that is holding back adoption for IT departments.

While there is no stopping the cloud computing movement – you can make sure that you have the best IT support for whatever gets tossed at your organization. A well trained Managed Service Provider can help your organization with cloud computing adoption and a holistic security plan so you can experience only the benefits of the cloud and not the security threats everyone worries about.

Here are the top security threats facing cloud computing adoption & how a MSP handles them:

Data Breaches

Cloud environments have many of the same threats as traditional networks do. However, because of the large amounts of data stored on cloud servers, security must be a top priority. Exposed sensitive, health, trade, and intellectual property can be a devastating loss for company, sometimes a business-closing loss. When data breaches occur, companies can face fines, law suits, or criminal charges due to the leaked data. On-top of this, the fees for investigations, customer notifications, and ramifications can quickly add up. There is also indirect effects, such as reputation loss.

Exploited System Vulnerabilities

System vulnerabilities have become a bigger problem with the advent of multitenancy in cloud computing. Organizations share memory, databases, and other resources creating new attack surfaces. However, regulator vulnerability scanning, monitoring, patch management, and quick follow up on threats can help mitigate risk for your organization.

Permanent Data Loss

Data disasters do happen and it’s best practice to be prepared for the worst. Whether it’s a malicious attack or natural disaster it is important to fully protect your valuable information. Natural disasters actually are the least likely to occur, but you can’t predict when something will happen. For example, recently when Storm Matthew hit in the Atlantic, destroying Haiti, the Bahamas, and eastern states like Florida and the Carolinas. It is important to have a fully equipped data backup and disaster recovery solution that distributes your data and applications across multiple secure zones for added protection. Completing regular backups and maintaining an off-site storage center is crucial to secure data.

Compliance violations and regulatory actions

These days, most organizations operate under regulatory control. Whether you are under HIPPA, FERPA, or any other government and industry standard, organizations must know where their data is, who is able to access it, and how it is being protected. Being out of compliance can have some big repercussions. Expert cloud service providers will make sure that they are compliant in all ways, from having the proper experienced and certified engineers, compliant data center, encrypted and secure transfers to the cloud, and much more. It is important when looking into cloud computing services to ask the proper questions about your compliance needs. Managed Services Providers will have the experience and knowledge about compliance and will be able to help you plan a secure and compliant way to handle your data.

Loss in Customer Trust

When you experience a data breach or disaster of some sort, unfortunately you will experience some customer distrust. Ultimately this can lead to a loss in customers and loss in revenue. Because of this, it is so very important to make sure that your organization and service provider are taking all the security measures to protect your data.

The market for cloud computing is expected to grow to $191 billion by 2020, according to Forrester. This is up from $91 billion in 2015. There is no slowing the cloud adoption movement. IT departments must work with the newest trends to make sure your organization stays as secure as possible by utilizing a combination of security basics and next-generation technology. The best way to handle top-notch security is to partner with an IT specialist for managed security. By doing so, you will have knowledgeable support from certified and trained experts to help your organization create a security plan. Interested in learning more about cloud computing services or managed security? Contact the experts at NetServe365 today for an in-depth conservation with our technology consultants. Contact us today!

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