14 Apr
2016

Benefits of Cloud-Based Security Solutions

More than 64 percent of IT personnel trust the cloud as much as or more than on-premise solutions, according to a survey by the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA). While there is rapid growth in cloud-based services and trust in their security is increasing, overall data security is still a major concern. Among those surveyed by the CSA, 24.6 percent of companies would be willing to pay a ransom to hackers to prevent a cyber attack, and 14 percent would pay over $1 million. Those concerns reflect not just a need for more data security, but a need to migrate to the cloud to leverage the most up-to-date security practices and standards available.

Worried business owners are already enjoying added layers of security. Companies who use cloud-based storage, backups and apps may not even realize the benefits those solutions provide. From centralized security to increased efficiency, businesses see immeasurable benefits when adopting cloud-based security solutions, such as the following:

 

Centralized Security Policies

Companies have long relied on firewalls and IDS tools to protect their systems. This may have worked in the past, but now they are largely outdated practices. These tools must be configured to allow for multiple data center traffic, which can compromise security. Detection-based and legacy perimeter security controls have run their course in a world where application-level security solutions are needed.

In comparison, businesses using reputable cloud services enjoy data security from a central platform. Cloud security providers can support enterprise firewalls and devices, such as routers and load balancers, to control and manage security protocols. Get real-time views of security across your network with recommendations for your existing security team.

Expert Management

It’s not always necessary for businesses to spend time recruiting, training and retaining top security talent at their physical location any longer. Cloud security experts can serve as an outsourced IT team to protect companies’ most valuable data assets. Another option is for organizations to use cloud services as additional support for their existing security team. Off-premise cloud facilities are managed by security experts who make it their life’s work to stop data breaches before they start.

 

Cost Savings

Aside from saving money on employing expert IT security staff, businesses avoid the rising costs associated with hardware and software upgrades, updates to combat spam and increased bandwidth storage needs. According to Symantec, there are nearly one million new malware threats created every single day. That astronomical figure is almost impossible for businesses to intercept and prevent on their own. However, cloud security services are automatically updated to reflect the highest industry standards in security. There is also little need to keep on top of the latest malware and cyberattack trends when outsourcing cloud services from storage to apps.

 

Efficiency

Businesses often adopt the cloud only to streamline their storage needs or move their apps, like customer relationship management, online. But there are many more efficiency and productivity benefits in doing so. Teams can work remotely without managing paper and email transfers to obtain needed files and information and without worrying about cyber attacks and extra steps to encrypt data.

Cloud-based services can be accessed from any device to work on the go. Meanwhile, IT departments can focus on innovating and streamlining operations instead of worrying about their BYOD policy or how cloud-based apps are affecting their security.

 

 

 

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