When most companies think of disaster recovery, they’re thinking of a natural disaster. However, these days, companies need to be prepared against more than just physical attacks. The frequency and severity of cyber attacks or ransomware are increasing. Stories about a major hack or ransomware attack seem to flood our newsfeeds almost daily, whether it’s user’s names and passwords in a social media platform, credit card data stolen from a retailer, or a company falling victim to a ransomware attack, the hacks appear to be pouring in.
For example, in March 2018, the city of Atlanta was hit with a ransomware attack that tied up all city government systems. People couldn’t pay their bills online, the police were filling out forms by hand, and the courts could not process ticket payments and fines.
As a result, the city ended up spending $2.6 million to recover from the attack and prevent new ones, although no one knows if they actually paid the $52,000 ransom.
Cloud computing can help prevent situations like this because the cloud systems are often more secure than the local networks. In other words, if the city had co-located all of their computer operations to the cloud, they would likely not have lost any data to the attack and it could have been repelled. And while the city would have still been without their computers during the attack, critical personnel could have worked from home on personal computers.
This is where regular backups can also make a big difference because if the data is not on your main computer, or if you have an up-to-the-minute backup available offsite, this is only an annoyance, not a life-altering crisis.
Many cloud-based data warehouse centers are certified in cyber security, meaning they are better equipped to handle these issues than a small IT department trying to maintain this protection on its own. In fact, the only companies that typically have someone dedicated to tracking and preventing cyber hacks are Fortune 100 companies; smaller companies just can’t dedicate the resources to having full-time cybersecurity experts on staff.
Cloud Computing Reduces Security Costs
Cloud computing also makes it easier for smaller businesses to be able to compete with older, larger, and more well-established businesses because the upfront and ongoing costs for a data center are lowered. The older, larger companies have specialized full-time teams dedicated to monitoring their systems for potential cyber threats, but that doesn’t mean smaller companies should go without.
This also makes it easier for smaller companies to prevent company-wide harm in that if an employee’s computer gets hacked, they can simply shut off that computer’s access to the server. Once the employee gets a new computer, or the problem has been cleaned out, they can get back in to the company data and avoid any further threats to the operation.
If servers do have to be shut down for disaster recovery, whether natural or man-made, cloud platforms have a much faster turnaround time for getting servers back up and running. These cloud-based providers can generally guarantee operations back in place within 24 hours.
Overall, by migrating to the Cloud, a small to medium sized business is able to protect themselves from potential cyber attacks as effectively as a Fortune 100 company can do. Through AI technology and access to multiple clients getting traffic from all over, these providers are able to more quickly and effectively pinpoint a potential threat and implement their expertise to shut it down before it causes an issue or downtime for a company.
Value Global can help you manage your company’s cloud migration and cloud consulting. Contact us to learn more about using cloud computing to help secure your company data and proprietary IP.
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