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The top myths about cloud security... and why you should ignore them

Cloud security solutions are getting a bad rap from some IT professionals and the media right now. With cyber security a hot topic around the world, it’s easy to understand why. In fact, we’ve even talked about staying safe in the cloud recently. But the increase in coverage has resulted in a number of myths about the security of the cloud gaining popularity. So it’s time for a bit of debunking...

Here are 4 myths surrounding cloud security, and why you should ignore them...

1. It’s new tech, therefore it’s not trustworthy

This is one of those myths that stems from individuals that are still fans of the legacy approach to information technology. These IT professionals are perhaps stuck in their ways and are wary of anything that is considered innovative and new. They say that cloud security software is still being tweaked to work out all the bugs and kinks, and so it is not safe enough to store critical information and company data.

But it seems that most CISOs/CSOs consider these views to be rather outdated, and the incredible rate of cloud security service adoption can attest to that. Businesses small and large are using cloud security solutions for tasks like network security enforcement and HR management. One recent survey found that around 70% of companies have a minimum of one cloud-based application. And in the US approximately 90% of businesses have been found to use cloud infrastructure. With cloud adoption showing no signs of slowing, the security is going to keep getting better too. So this is one instance where you can ignore the naysayers. 

2. The cloud is just innately insecure

As with the above myth, this is one of the most popular in regards to the cloud. Its origins lie in the fact that the cloud is quite new, it is public or hybrid, and is user-friendly and easy to access. To many IT professionals, it seems too good to be true. Therefore, they are quick to focus on the potential risks.

But it’s pretty clear that cloud services are actually safer than the legacy approaches that many businesses still want to rely on. In a survey, 64% of businesses said cloud infrastructure was a more secure solution than legacy systems. The cloud gets rid of the need for configuration changes, penetration testing, and manual firmware updates. When regular legacy systems need updating it results in downtime, when there is a higher potential to be hacked. In stark contrast, cloud solutions usually do not have any down time when they are updated and it’s all done remotely by your managed services provider. Business and employees can go on as normal and hackers are unable to exploit any vulnerabilities.

3. IT staff must be retrained to work in the cloud

In these times of increased cyber threats, many businesses are focusing on training IT to keep systems up-to-date for modern attacks. Consequently, many businesses think retraining individuals to handle security in the cloud would take up precious time and resources that could be better spent elsewhere. If an IT department is already looking after legacy security systems, wouldn’t the switch to cloud solutions be far too much to handle?

Ultimately this is misguided thinking, as moving to cloud services will actually cut the amount of time IT needs to spend on maintenance, deployment, upgrading and servicing. It’s generally thought that businesses spend around 70% of their IT budget on supporting legacy software. By changing to cloud-based systems, organisations can cut down on capital expenditure and move towards better and more reliable operational expenditure costs.

Cloud services also enable teams to claw back time to work on tasks that will help further the organisation and its success. Moving to the cloud may seem like a struggle initially, but the benefits are very quickly realised once it’s up and running.

4. Compliance headaches are a given with the cloud

A source of constant pain and frustration for businesses and their IT is making sure infrastructure is correctly enforcing compliance protocols and initiatives. When it comes to the legacy approach, while they generally cover any compliance issues they are also quite inflexible. This makes it difficult for teams to keep up with changing industry and international standards. But those who favour the legacy approach don’t see the cloud as a possible solution because of its perceived cyber vulnerability.

The truth is that this is actually the complete opposite. Cloud services from Google to Azure understand the importance of compliance and have written the enforcement into their respective infrastructures. Of course, that doesn’t mean businesses can just stop keeping up-to-date with changes in their industry or location, it does make it that little bit easier to create reports and keep up with developments. Cloud-hosted services minimise auditing processes and the critical risks associated with non-compliance.

Research and advisory firm, Gartner believes that by the year 2020 a corporate ‘no-cloud’ policy will be rarer than a ‘no-Internet’ policy would be today. If that’s true, then businesses need to release themselves from the shackles of the legacy approach and make the transition to digital and the cloud sooner rather than later.

Comprehensive cloud solutions can turn your small business around. Speak to us today about how we can help you with our bespoke managed services solutions. 

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