Despite widespread adoption of cloud-based systems, many
organizations worry about transferring core functions to the cloud. Even though
the public cloud can decrease costs, improve efficiencies and allow IT teams to
focus on more strategic initiatives, many people are still concerned about
security. Myths about cloud security still abound, and it is necessary to
separate fact from fiction when weighing cloud-based options.
Myth: Offsite Data Centers Are Always Less Secure
This myth is actually rooted in some fact. The truth is,
some data centers are more secure than corporate data centers, but not always.
When evaluating potential providers it is critical to dig deep into the data
center’s controls like encryption, tokenization, data loss prevention and security
certificates. Cross-reference your specific requirements before choosing a
Myth: A Small Number of Data Centers Means Less Security
Some companies choose providers with smaller data centers,
thinking that they will have stronger performance or will be more resilient in
the event of a disaster. This is not necessarily the case. The number of data
centers a provider offers has no impact on its overall performance.
Myth: Compliance Responsibilities Are Transferred to The Provider
Some companies believe that by using a cloud provider, they
transfer compliance and liability to that provider. This is not the case. The
company is always responsible for protecting its own assets, and it is up to
your IT department to ensure compliance.
Myth: Cloud Services Do Not Impact Cybersecurity Insurance Costs
Even though you are still on the hook for compliance and
liability, switching to the cloud can actually benefit you in terms of
cybersecurity insurance premiums. When choosing a provider, check with the
insurance company to find out which types of security certifications can reduce
your monthly premiums, and require the cloud service to provide those
certifications before signing on.
A Little Bit of Knowledge Goes A Long Way
The more systems that are transferred to the cloud, the more
efficient your business will run. Cloud solutions can enhance the work
experience – especially the remote work experience, and can streamline
processes, provide greater scalability and flexibility, and eliminate redundancies.
Security is always a concern, but there are no absolutes.
Don’t assume that cloud services are 100% better than existing in-house
services, and don’t assume that your company will be exposed to greater
security threats, either. Arming yourself with knowledge, asking the right
questions in the discovery process and demanding proof of security protocols
and certificates can ensure a smooth transition and more secure data for your
business and its clients.
If you are looking for tech pros who are experts in cloud migrations or cloud security, contact the expert recruiters at ASK Staffing today! We can connect you with experts who will ensure a smooth transition and who will help keep your offsite data secure.