15 Apr
2016

On-Premises Security Vulnerabilities

One of the biggest benefits to moving your business operations to the cloud is the increase in security. This may feel counterintuitive because many people believe that because the cloud is so vast and publicly accessible their data might be more accessible to hackers. But this is not the case.

There are a number of misconceptions that might cause you to think that an on-premises IT infrastructure is better than a cloud solution, but we’re here to dispel these myths.

 

Myth 1: On-premises means on-site, which means it’s more secure

You might think that an on-site data center — complete with its dozens of cooling fans and physical servers — is safer and more secure because your IT team has complete control. But in reality, most security breaches are inside jobs, according to Infor. Breaches due to unauthorized physical access are rare, and the worst ones are often caused by people already within the company’s firewalls.

This means that a cloud system is safer. Cloud-hosting companies alert their customers immediately about any suspicious activity, and secure servers hosted in various locations are safer and less risky than a single location in case there’s a natural disaster or other catastrophic event.

 

 

Myth 2: Having physically accessible servers lets you protect them from viruses

You might not be utilizing your IT staff effectively if they spend all of their time applying new security patches and software updates and verifying that your virus signatures are up-to-date. With the amount of equipment and software your business owns, it’s difficult for your IT department to keep up with the number of patches and updates that are released, which leaves you vulnerable. A report by Solutionary states that 76 percent of vulnerabilities are older than two years.

The benefit of having a cloud IT provider is that they have the resources to support hundreds of customers with extensive protection, which you would never be able to match. These providers can deploy fully tested virus responses without the sweat of your IT team. This means that your employees can focus on revenue-generating activities and let the cloud host worry about the tedious stuff.

 

Myth 3: You can guarantee the reliability of your data center because you can resolve our own issues

You are responsible for your business, so you like the idea of having your uptime depend on nothing but your own maintenance. Moving your infrastructure to the cloud might mean long wait times for support and system checks. Right? No, not really.

Cloud systems have higher uptime because less server disruptions occur and they are monitored 24/7/365. Cloud service providers can handle high uptime demands because of its scale and the size of the teams it has in place. A great example of this is Amazon Web Services. According to an IDC white paper, Amazon’s users encountered fewer service disruptions and quicker recovery, reducing downtime by 72 percent and saving over $32,000.

Data center breaches are scary and trying to prevent them can be a daunting task. These three busted myths show that cloud providers win out on security and safety. They have better mechanisms in place to keep data safe and are more attentive to the security risks surrounding your data.

 

 

 

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