As more businesses leverage cloud-based infrastructure solutions, concerns over cloud security are becoming a prominent issue among IT managers. Although storage options are typically more cost-effective in the cloud than with legacy on-premises strategies, enterprises often give up some of their direct control over data.
Protecting the cloud with increased awareness
NetworkWorld reported that the first step toward optimal protection should be in learning about cloud providers. It's likely that sensitive data will be outsourced as new infrastructure options are adopted, and it's because of this that IT managers should learn the difference between the kinds of providers that exist, such as largely automated solutions and services that are maintained by human resources.
Additionally, the source noted that it's not just the provider's job to secure stored data. Decision-makers should know the steps to take in order to prepare themselves before deploying a cloud solution, such as in-house encryption and database administration solutions.
Encrypting data before it's sent to the cloud will enable businesses to add another layer of protection to the cloud's own IT management resources. Remote database solutions enable enterprises to utilize a cloud-enhanced, supportive application that maintains and categorizes information, as well as securing it with a team of database experts.
In some ways, the cloud provides better security
According to The Guardian, improvements in cloud-based applications and a growing need for better infrastructure security are leading to a rise in the Security-as-a-Service (SECaaS) market. According to the source, this includes heightened identity management, event monitoring, vulnerability testing and data protection. Additionally, the platform for this service is the cloud itself.
As with the above examples in database administration, the source expressed that added layers of safekeeping data are necessary for the safest cloud deployments. The reason SECaaS is working, however, is because most businesses do not have the same in-house ability to protect themselves from most forms of cyberattack that cloud services do.
Cloud providers and cloud-enhanced network applications leverage high quality data protection strategies that are typically out of reach for in-house infrastructures. Therefore, as enterprise IT continues to be shaped by advances in digital architectures, decision-makers should consider transitioning to the cloud.