As companies grow in size and the amount of proprietary information they house, it’s vital that they protect themselves and their data physically as well as on the web.
While in-house cybersecurity professionals are an option, it’s rare that a smaller company would be able to invest in and maintain a security system for their IT infrastructure. For one thing, cybersecurity specialists are expensive; the technology is constantly changing and improving; and in-house security is rarely as robust and secure over the long-term as cybersecurity firms and their cloud-based servers.
Cloud computing companies are able to analyze the large number of clients they serve in order to better understand cyber attacks at a deeper level and even gain the much-needed foresight to attacks to help prevent further ones before they even happen. Trying to implement a cyber security infrastructure similar to what can be provided through any cloud provider could be cost prohibitive for a majority of corporations.
Moving to a cloud computing service can mitigate some of the risks that enterprises face when they take ownership of their own security. The cloud computing vendor brings more efficiencies to their security efforts, and they have the ability to scale the security up in a matter of moments. For cloud providers, security is a key component of their offering. A security-related incident can ruin their reputation. Hence these cloud providers try to be at the top of their game and be a step ahead of potential threats.
Artificial intelligence plays an important role in cybersecurity
Cloud computing offers capabilities not easily available for in-house systems. And with the number of clients across the many different industries moving to a cloud host, this gives an AI-based system the opportunity to learn at a much faster rate.
That is, more data means more and faster learning. Faster learning means faster finding problems, solving those problems, learning new knowledge, and on and on. As the AI security system becomes more sophisticated, it’s able to better flag patterns across all companies who are using that host platform for optimal security.
However, this would not really be the case when trying to implement a similar system in-house. For this system, the patterns could only be identified by the lone company’s incoming information instead of all the data across the many operations in the cloud. This means that it would be nearly impossible to keep up its learning from attacks as a way to upgrade and improve.
It’s possible that some companies need an extra level of security for proprietary information, such as companies that produce a physical product or even engineering and design companies. The way some corporations could use the cloud would be to keep in-house servers to house their intellectual property, but they move the rest of their information — financials, enterprise-level applications, less sensitive information — to the cloud. They may even keep a copy of their data on their local servers, but still back everything up to the cloud as the level of sensitivity and security warrants.
Every Server is The Cloud to Someone, Even Yours
We realize that some companies are concerned about security in the cloud because their information is so far away. It’s Somewhere Else. They feel like they can keep it more secure because it’s inside their building. Just like they feel they can protect their physical assets by locking them in their own home, some executives believe that keeping their servers close is the best security.
But just because a server is physically hosted with you does not mean it’s protected from virtual attacks. Cybercriminals are constantly looking for software vulnerabilities that they can exploit. So, you must keep all your in-house server software updated with the latest patches, which can be a lot of overhead.
Remember, to a cybercriminal sitting in some other part of the world, your server is also part of the cloud. The cloud is basically any server that you’re not plugged directly into with your keyboard and monitor. In today’s connected world, every server is on some network, which means there’s a possibility, even if it’s slight, that a cybercriminal can penetrate the network and reach the server. So, unless a cybercriminal walks into your building and plugs right into that server, they’re accessing your server “on the cloud.”
The big difference between a locally-hosted server and a professional cloud company’s servers is that it’s managed by a team of experts at IT, network maintenance, and cybersecurity, as well as protected by an AI-based security system that learns from a wide variety of information, data, and attacks from all of its customers on their system.
Using Cloud-Computing for Compliance Controls
Additionally, by moving to the cloud, you can leverage any compliance controls that the cloud providers have in place to validate the security of your data. Many large companies are required to follow certain compliance standards, such as SOC 2 Compliance Certification. Many cloud computing companies used to working with large companies have this kind of certification themselves, and it extends to their client companies.
If you’re a public company, your auditors will want to validate that your data and your clients’ data is secure and that you have access controls in place. For a company to build that level of process and control will be at a significant cost, but it’s part of what a cloud computing company already offers. You can reduce your hosting, compliance, and auditing costs if you can leverage the controls from a public cloud provider.
If you would like to learn more about how cloud computing can greatly improve the security for your company’s sensitive data and intellectual property, you can speak to one of our representatives to learn more about your options.