A common concern many small enterprises and businesses who are considering cloud migration of their IT assets have is about security. At first thought, on-premise storage naturally seems like the safer option considering you are in full control of your data. And you wouldn’t be wrong to think so. On-premise (at least to an extent) is preferred over cloud in certain instances including when compliance requirements take centre stage. Think healthcare, financial services, pharma, etc. However, keeping aside specific scenarios and industries, the cloud is considered a more secure space for your data.
In fact, according to a recent research by Nominet, Cyber Security and the Cloud, 61% of security professionals in the US and UK “believe the risk of a security breach is the same or lower in cloud environments compared to on-premise.” So, what makes the cloud a safer space than a private cloud infrastructure?
Here are 4 ways the cloud is more secure than on-premise data centres
1. Dedicated resources to maintain security
Public cloud platforms invest in dedicated teams and security infrastructure tasked solely with keeping the platform and its contents safe from hackers and other security vulnerabilities. For an enterprise, maintaining its own private cloud, investing in dedicated security resources is an additional resource spend and task which it simply cannot perform as efficiently as a cloud service provider. And the smaller the business, the more difficult it is to allocate separate resources to maintain secure in-premise infrastructure, automatically making it less secure in comparison.
IT security is like a game of one-upmanship where bad actors are constantly trying to exploit security vulnerabilities. Cloud service providers have a better chance of staying a step ahead thanks to their investment in maintaining strong technical expertise in this area.
2. Physically security:
It is far easier for bad actors to gain access to on-premise data centres, which are more likely to be located in a single location that is known to almost everyone in an organization. In contrast, your data in the cloud could is stored in public platforms along with data from hundreds or even thousands of other users. Moreover, these dedicated data centres could be located on the other side of the world, in a highly secure location protected by physical security setups.
3. Robust and resilient security architecture
Security APIs used by cloud service providers offer another layer of advantage by automatically deploying security patches with minimal or no disruption. Unlike cloud platforms, on-premise data centres often do not have the built-in architecture to support the seamless deployment of security patches.
4. The latest in security infrastructure:
It is expensive to maintain the latest and best in security infrastructure. This results in on-premise data centres protected by out-dated security technology, which may be incapable of protecting new types of attacks. Cloud service providers do not compromise when it comes to securing their platforms with the very latest in security technology, thus maintaining a higher level of protection.
These are just a few basic reasons why you may want to consider migrating your data storage and computing tasks to a cloud platform. Check with your database migration service provider for more information about specific security advantages your business might gain by upgrading to the cloud.
If you have decided to join the stream of enterprises moving to the cloud, make sure you choose the right cloud migration company to ensure a smooth shift that is tailored to your specific needs.