The Importance of Cloud Computing to Your Cyber Security Strategy - CWPS

Posted by Gary Utley on October 10, 2017

security-cyber.jpegMoving your data to the cloud is more secure than keeping it on-premise – not less. That’s why it’s increasingly the foundation of a cyber security strategy for a growing number of businesses.

Cloud computing has been around for more than a decade, and service providers have developed some unprecedented techniques using sophisticated IT security detection and mitigation processes that are simply not within reach of most businesses.

From the physical security of servers in data warehouses to using machine learning algorithms to detect network probes by hackers, today’s cloud service providers meet and exceed all of your expectations for an airtight cloud implementation.

On-Premise Doesn’t Always Mean More Secure

For years, the common perception is that an on-premise implementation is always the most secure way to keep your data safe. The problem is that this is not always that case. All it takes is one phishing email or the failure to update an important piece of software for your data to be breached. All we need to do is name some of the latest corporate security breaches: Equifax, Target, Sony, JPMorgan Chase -- and you’ll start to understand that on-premise solutions aren’t always able to defend against cyber security threats.

An article from the Columbia Business School spells it out:

The truth is that applications and data maintained in the cloud can be
more secure than data held in on-premises corporate systems. That’s
because moving to the right kind of advanced cloud system represents
a more dynamic approach to risk. The security of the barriers is
based not just on keeping people out, but on watching people who come in.
You learn from every use of your data, and even from any attempted attack.

Your Cyber Security Strategy Should Start with Cloud Computing

You already understand that cloud computing models lower costs, increase accessibility, and improve the scalability of your most basic functions. But that scalability means massive computing horsepower– and that same bandwidth is important for monitoring cyber threats.

If you have big data, you need the kind of big security found in cloud models. Not only will your data be housed in secure data warehouses with restricted access to physically keep your data safe, but there are also software and hardware controls in place to monitor the network 24/7/365.

Cloud providers also utilize advanced monitoring solutions in order to keep an eye on your data and defend against threats. In some cases, these providers use machine learning algorithms to detect and deter threats as they arise. Picture computer code that runs pattern recognition to look for behaviors across all corporate activities from marketing and ecommerce to logistics and customer care. Cloud computing models monitor and learn from the behavior of anyone that interacts with your company.

Also, your on-premise server room can’t always keep up with the changing threats. With the cloud, vulnerabilities are detected and patched immediately, which is crucial to mitigating security risks. Remediation is as close to instantaneous as you can get. 

These are all great reasons why your cyber security strategy should lean heavily on cloud models. To find out how your business can migrate and secure your data in the cloud, contact CWPS today.

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Topics: Cloud Security, Cyber Security, cloud computing