What is Cloud Security and Why Does it Matter?
What is cloud security? What challenges do companies like yours face when implementing the cloud? What considerations must be made to defend your business and the data of your customers?
What is Cloud Security?
Cloud security refers to the security of your cloud infrastructure and its resources, the data within your systems, and the accessibility of those systems.
Another way to think about it is that cloud security protects your house and valuables while also keeping out unauthorized and unwanted guests.
To support your business’s cloud security, you should implement and maintain certain policies, technologies, and programs that help protect your systems and infrastructure.
Adhering to good cloud security practices will also support your ability to maintain regulatory compliance. Due to the complexity of the subject, cloud security tends not to be something businesses handle in-house.
The providers of any security solutions should offer assistance with onboarding and upkeep to help you succeed with their product. Otherwise, your IT team or MSP will be able to take the lead on these issues.
Why Does Cloud Security Matter?
Wherever there are businesses and customers, there will be criminals who are becoming incredibly sophisticated in their approaches to breaching your security.
As the number of businesses that move to the cloud increases, the amount of proprietary information attached to those businesses becomes at risk of being compromised by tech-savvy criminals. As the amount of consumer data that exists in the cloud grows, so too will corresponding compliance issues and regulations.
The majority of organizations are already using some form of cloud computing, involving Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, or G-suite. Cloud adoption has become mainstream for businesses, so cloud security is becoming equally important.
Without cloud security, you and your customers have no guarantee that your data and systems won’t be compromised by unwanted entities. Lacking the right internal protocols, threats outside your company may be as serious as the potential threats within.
Businesses have always needed to prioritize the safety and integrity of important data, such as secret documents, financial records, health records, etc. What’s shifted is the landscape in which the game takes place.
You might be wondering why anyone would risk moving to the cloud without solid cloud security in place? Ignoring cloud security leads to lower upfront and reduced operational costs. It’s simply a form of short-term thinking that the company has to pay for when a disruptive event inevitably interferes with business continuity and can cause many financial, legal, and regulatory problems.
How Often Should You Monitor IT Security?
Even the best security systems should be monitored to make sure they’re functioning properly.
We recommend that you regularly make an assessment of your data and systems every 6 months to a year. These assessments can take a serious amount of time and effort, especially for larger companies dealing with unwieldy amounts of data.
We can relieve you of that burden with our Managed Security Services. We deliver the technology, insight, and oversight your organization’s IT requires for top-notch security, and we tailor our strategy and solutions to your unique needs.