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How to stay safe in the cloud with the right security

With UK cloud adoption rates at almost 90%, security within this new age of digital technology is of paramount importance.

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Current stats suggest that the average cost of a breach for businesses worldwide stands at just over £3 million, and 63% of cyber security professionals anticipate a successful cyber attack on their company in the next 12 months. Despite this, cloud technology is being implemented by a growing number of businesses without much regard for the safety of their company and client data. But how do organisations stay safe?

New security controls need to be implemented and managed to keep up with the threats against modern businesses. Without these state-of-the-art controls, the advantages of moving to the cloud are quickly lost.

And the answer to cloud security lies in the cloud. More specifically, in the adoption of Security-as-a-Service (or SaaS) technology.

Traditionally security in the cloud was handled via buying and managing third party hardware and software. This is referred to as a legacy approach. It would normally be managed and maintained by in-house staff.

Cloud security solutions are more flexible, and the use of integrated services makes it quite different from looking after on-suite data, applications, and workloads. On the flip side, use of the cloud requires investing in completely different tools, establishing new processes and employing staff with the necessary expertise.

Implementing a well-structured security strategy from the very start will ensure your use of the cloud is safe. A traditional security solution is likely to slow down cloud efforts, so there are a few key benefits to adopting a security-as-a-service solution...

1. Avoid large capital and operational expenditure costs

Cloud-based SaaS doesn’t require businesses to invest in huge upfront software and hardware costs. Instead, it is normally based on a monthly subscription model allowing for reduced capital expenditure costs. Operational expenditure is also usually reduced, as functions such as tuning, patching, and configuration can be done automatically using a cloud security-as-a-service approach.

2. Quick returns on investment

A legacy approach to cloud security requires a lot of upfront investment in the form of time and resources, which can always be tricky for small businesses. Using an SaaS service enables businesses to launch security solutions much quicker than ever before, and allows for more flexibility with regards to new regulations or specific industry requirements.

3. Ability to stay up-to-date

The cloud is constantly being changed and updated. With the frequency and speed of cloud deployments getting ever faster, businesses need a cloud service provider with security solutions that can keep up.

With a cloud SaaS model organisations can match the pace of the changing digital environment. Businesses will be able to scale rapidly, scan for vulnerabilities, and test and deploy environments quickly and on short notice.

With updates running in a managed security solution, you’re also reducing the risk against evolving cyber threats, at a level that isn’t possible for on premise deployment.

Once you've got your cloud security system in place there is still one more thing you need to consider... People.

In a report by Alert Logic, Cybersecurity Trends: 2017 Spotlight, 56% of security professionals said that the biggest barrier to strong cyber security is a lack of skilled employees. In house IT staff have an incredible amount of threat alerts come through on an almost daily basis, and ensuring your security solution is completely integrated and compatible with each different component and element of your environment can be very time-consuming.

When you use an internal team to update all the different parts of the system; firmware, patches, firewalls, and scans, employees can get stuck in a cycle with no time to understand and proactively act against the changing threat landscape.

Working with a managed services provider will enable you to access specialist security experts. They will generally have a multiple industry customer base, so they'll have a greater overview and insight into the wider security landscape. And it's not just cyber security they'll be able to help with, they will also be able to give advice on regulatory landscapes and what systems and processes need to be implemented for your particular business. And with the GDPR not far away, it's critical that businesses have access to the right expertise.

At Xenace we offer cloud solutions with in-built security systems that will ensure you have the correct safeguards in place no matter what industry or niche you work in.

Contact us now to see how we can help keep your company and clients safe and protected.

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