Cybersecurity

Does Working in the Cloud Make Your Business More Secure?

Over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, there was a huge change in the way that businesses operate. Whether they were forced to by lockdowns or simply took precautionary steps to help prevent the spread of the virus, many businesses asked employees to work from home for at least a part of the pandemic. 

Remote work was once potentially feared by employers who believed that it had the potential to reduce productivity. But when employees proved that they were able to be as productive or even more productive working remotely, employers were forced to look at whether all aspects of remote work were practical. 

One key issue that remained was whether a business would be as secure with remote workers and the necessary move to the cloud. 

On the surface, things look good from the perspective of success stories from other businesses that have made the decision to move to the cloud. In fact, in a recent survey, 84% of Chief Technology Officers (CTOs) recognized that improved security was a benefit of migration to the cloud. 

However, some leaders of organizations are still unsure. So, here we take a look at whether working in the cloud can make your business more secure. 

Automatic Backup

One of the clear advantages of working in the cloud is the fact that data is automatically backed up. If your business keeps its data on local drives, there can always be the danger that the system could be damaged or simply face some kind of error, which would lead to a significant loss of critical data. 

Of course, many businesses have backup policies in place, but these are not always followed religiously, and there is always the potential that bad timing could lead to key data being irretrievable. 

On the cloud, data is automatically backed up—and the onus is put on those providing the services to get this right. It can be far better to rely on the IT professionals managing these services rather than staff who may not understand the importance of following these instructions. 

Security for Data

Cybercriminals have become more and more sophisticated in recent years, and businesses of all sizes have to ensure that they keep their data secure. Indeed, surveys show the majority of IT professionals believe that security is their most significant issue in terms of cloud computing. However, this has led to a real focus on security from a cloud computing perspective.

Providers of cloud computing services understand the need for high-quality security. Using these cloud services means that your business gets access to the powerful defenses that they have in place to keep data secure. 

Your business can also take its own steps to maximize security. And having this kind of cloud system also ensures that your business can’t fall victim to physical theft or any loss of data through damage to or loss of devices. 

Regulatory Compliance

There has been a great deal of emphasis put on data security in recent years, as governments have looked to ensure that their policy is up-to-date. Headlines were made over the creation of laws such as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in the EU—and this has actually had a huge effect on businesses around the world. 

In the United States, regulations such as the Federal Information Security Management Act, as well as the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS), have forced businesses of all sizes to take their attitude to it more seriously. 

Utilizing cloud services can be an important way to ensure that your regulatory compliance is where it needs to be. 

Expert Security

For many businesses that store all of their data on their own premises on private servers, it can feel like this is the most secure option. However, it does put you in a position where you are solely responsible for the security that you put in place. Managing the security of a server—especially one that contains your most valuable data—is a time-consuming job and will take a significant portion of the hours of your IT team. 

What might be even more concerning is the fact that your IT team might not be fully versed in all aspects of cybersecurity. This is a specialist field that requires not only years of knowledge, but also ongoing focus. 

When you move to the cloud, you have your servers managed and secured by expert professionals who truly understand what they need to do. This not only provides you with greater peace of mind, but also frees up your IT staff to get on with more business-critical work. 

In Conclusion

There is certainly a compelling argument that making the move to the cloud can be a very good thing for your data security. Of course, it is essential to ensure that the migration is managed effectively and all sensible steps are taken. It’s a great idea to work with professionals who understand the process and know how to maximize security.

Chester Avey has over a decade of experience in business growth management and cybersecurity. He enjoys sharing his knowledge with other like-minded professionals through his writing. You can connect with Chester by following him on Twitter @ChesterAvey