4 Myths About Cloud Security

Despite the rapid increase in popularity of the cloud in business, for some reason, there can still be some uncertainty and doubt regarding its security. When talking to businesses interested in the cloud in and around Glasgow, security is an issue that frequently comes up. It’s understandable that business owners would be tentative about moving data and applications to the cloud but it’s also important that a true and balanced picture is given. So, let’s see if we can put some skeptical minds at ease by addressing four of the most common cloud myths:

External threats are worse in the cloud…

External internet threats do need to be taken seriously but are no more threatening to the cloud than any on-premise server. The same actions can be taken in protecting the cloud as with a regular server; firewalls, vulnerability scanning and encryption to network intrusion detection and network intrusion prevention, multifactor access control and monitoring.

Customers in the same cloud can attack each other…

Many people believe that in a public cloud, as there are customers sharing storage and network resources, they would be more susceptible to being attacked by someone in their shared space. However, it is not easy to be attacked in a multi-tenant cloud due to the ‘hypervisor’ layer which is the primary separation between customers and also the management layer which can have its interface isolated from the end user resources on a separate management network.

I’ll never be able to get my data back if I change my mind…

The best cloud services make it easy for you to export your data whenever and wherever you want. This may not be true of all services so it’s certainly worth checking this in advance.

My data is more secure on my own servers…

The cloud can be a very secure solution for your data, in fact, it can be even more secure than a data-center. Although not all clouds have the same level of security, if you do your homework and select the right service then it can be the safest option for your data. Research has shown that most owners and managers of small businesses seriously overestimate their current levels of security. They don’t have backups or a disaster recovery plan, where these are included in certain cloud services.

Business owners are understandably keen to ensure the security of their data so hopefully, these four points reduce some of the concerns around this exciting new area for Scottish businesses.