The popular perception of the cloud has not changed much in the last decade. Decision makers know that the cloud is unparalleled when it comes to cost, flexibility, accessibility, scalability, and simplicity. But from the beginning the cloud has been portrayed as less secure overall.
In the earliest days of the cloud that might have been true. But now that the platform has matured and been subjected to the forces of competitive markets, the level of protection the cloud provides has improved significantly. Just consider these two eye opening stats from Gartner:
- Public clouds will suffer 60 percent fewer security breaches than private data centers by 2020.
- By 2018 most of business that implement cloud services will contend with 33 percent fewer security incidents.
It may seem counterintuitive that your technology is safer once it’s outside of your complete control. But it makes a lot of sense when you consider the cloud economy, which is robust and highly competitive right now.
A single security breach could wreck the reputation of a cloud provider. As a result, these providers have a deeply vested interest in making security ironclad against today’s and tomorrow’s threats. In fact, security is one of the primary selling points for providers.
But it is not enough to simply claim that the cloud is more secure. It takes a careful understanding of why the cloud is in a better position to deflect and mitigate threats to have full faith in the platform. These are a few of the features that make the cloud more secure than almost any onsite deployment.
Unless your offices have expansive perimeter security and accesses controls in place your IT is vulnerable. All it would take is one unauthorized entry to potentially put your entire network at risk. Cloud providers are just the opposite. They have invested heavily to ensure that only authorized officials have access to equipment and the data within.
Older IT offers minimal security at best. When essential data is located on premises it is subject to the vulnerabilities that are inherent and unavoidable in older systems. But by upgrading to something like cloud ERP you can eliminate risky technologies from the equation and begin phasing them out entirely. Rather than trying to manage risk you simply avoid it.
The best way to stay ahead of advanced persistent threats is to install updates and patches as soon as they become available. Unfortunately, most in-house IT teams have too much on their plate to make this a priority. And in some cases, they may avoid the updates all together, essentially creating exploits for hackers to target. Cloud providers have dedicated staff tasked with keeping systems perfectly up to date. That means a greater level of protection is available with less hassle and uncertainty.
IT may be important to your business, but it’s probably not your core competency. As a result, there is only so much you can invest in in-house security expertise. Cloud providers do not have to contend with these same limitations. They actively recruit security professionals, follow security best practices, and invest heavily to expand their web of protection. Migrating to the cloud is a way to tap into world-class security resources at a fraction of the price.
The cloud is undeniably the more secure platform. The cyber security landscape is also undeniably more perilous than ever before. The companies that do not prioritize protection and prevention are simply flirting with disaster. Those that move to the cloud sooner rather than later are exercising necessary amounts of caution.