Safety and security within the Cloud have always been hard subjects for some people to grasp, and has been a significant reason why many companies do not utilize a Cloud provider. But, believe it or not, the Cloud has progressed and matured to a point where it is viably considered more secure than the traditional IT set up. An article by Daniel Saks from Inc.com
outlines 5 reasons Cloud technology is the best option for companies of all sizes.
Cloud Security is Stronger
Data centers are strong. Security is at a much higher level than anything your company would likely employ. Biometric sensors, 24-hour video surveillance, redundant backup power supplies, access controls and tracking, etc. Also, unlike most small to medium-sized businesses, “security is the backbone of their state-of-the-art infrastructures.” Cloud providers also employ security engineers full-time to safeguard data and access to it.
Cloud Computing is Smarter
New viruses and ways to hack a computer are coming out daily. Through Cloud computing suppliers, you can sleep well at night knowing that they are constantly updating a vast variety of software and firewalls that can keep out even the sneakiest of hackers. Additionally, many employ encryption and security tools that can actually detect points of weakness in the network and employ countermeasures to prevent hackers from exploiting a weakness.
The Cloud Makes Security Compliance Easier
An in-house IT department spends countless hours updating software to be compliant with regulations (and sometimes, they don’t). Cloud suppliers can essentially give all those hours back to your department and allow them to work on projects that add more value to your business. Many cloud providers work to enable compliance when partnering with a company that operates under such regulations.
The Cloud Makes Security More Cost Effective
The dollars lost in juggling security compliances, software updates, file backups, and general IT problems are innumerable. Cloud computing through a third party provider is the most cost effective choice for a business of any size. Cloud providers manage your IT security, saving you money and allowing you to focus the fifth reason to be in the Cloud: your business.
The Cloud Lets You Focus on Your Business
Saks says it well in his article: “[This] is the real beauty of the cloud: You can focus on your business without having to worry about technology that may fall far outside of your area of expertise.” That includes security. It simply isn’t a priority for most business owners, and it shouldn’t be. Using a third party provider you trust should free you up to do what you do best: run your business and make money.
Understandably, this may be a paradigm shift in thinking for some. Could the cloud really be more secure than doing IT on your own? If you’re in a place of evaluation and still have questions, it would be our pleasure to address any questions you may have. Feel free to leave a comment or click here to drop us a line