Public cloud computing, which encompasses the storage of data and the accessing of software tools on the Internet, is exploding exponentially. Gartner says cloud adoption will increase another 18% this year, making for a global market that tops $246 billion.
This growth, after a decade of Internet usage, has disrupted nearly every industry in every market, signals that the last enterprise-level holdouts in the most traditional of businesses are now adopting cloud service models. Banks, hospitals, and CPAs are all moving to store their data in the cloud while moving legacy IT systems off site.
We already know the benefits of cloud computing -- characterized by easy-to-use, affordable subscription models that you can access from anywhere, the cloud is today’s most popular business model. While cloud adoption is on the rise, there are still those that ask themselves the same old question: Is public cloud computing safe for my business?
Here’s why public cloud computing is usually the safest option for your business today.
Cloud Security isn’t an Oxymoron
We get it. Giving up your data to a remote server somewhere feels risky. But cloud providers encrypt your data while it’s in transit and at rest on their servers. Cloud providers have hundreds of mechanisms in place to both monitor data for breach and provide backup resources in the event of an outage.
Compare that to a typical office, which often lacks the redundant resources that you find in large data centers. Too, even the largest enterprise organizations often lack dedicated security technicians devoted exclusively to monitoring and mitigating cyber threats.
The point here is that hackers are constantly creating new ways to target your data. If you fail to keep your legacy platforms updated against these threats, you leave your business vulnerable to the next ransomware or virus that is unleashed. All it takes is one employee to click on a phishing email and you’re in serious trouble. With the cloud, you don’t have to wait for your IT team to upload a security upgrade. Upgrades in the cloud are seamless, constant, and ever vigilant.
Here’s an example: In May this year, 16 U.K. hospitals were shut down by ransomware because internal IT teams failed to upgrade to the latest operating systems. Could public cloud computing models have prevented this crisis?
When taken in this context, you start to realize that the cloud is safer than housing servers in the basement of your business.
Public, Private, or Hybrid – CWPS
When was the last time your business had a cyber security assessment? Have you considered public cloud computing as an option to help cut costs and improve the security of your legacy systems? Did you know there are alternatives to public cloud computing that could include a private or hybrid cloud?
CWPS is devoted exclusively to helping you answer these and other burning questions related to the streamlining of your crucial business functions. Contact us when you’re ready to discuss the security of your data and how cloud computing could change your business for the better.