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4 Reasons Why Cloud Security is Already Standard

29 Jun 2015 by Jessica Hall

This article was revised on Dec. 1, 2016 to bring our readers the most up-to-date technology information.

You can’t have a cloud computing discussion without bringing up cloud security. Security of company devices and applications is at the top of the list of concerns voiced by businesses of all sizes in recent reports. This unsurprisingly comes in a day and age where ransomware and data breaches have taken center stage, amplified further by mainstream media reporting, and edified in our minds as an inherent risk to using cloud in business.

According to the Cloud Security Alliance, one of the top concerns for companies that are seeking to migrate to the cloud is security (73%). As compared to the next leading concern, compliance (38%).

This bar chart ranks the top challenges holding back cloud projects.
Concern about the security of data is 73%. Concern about regulatory compliance is 38%. Loss of control over IT services is 38%. Knowledge and experience of both IT and business managers is 34%. Concern over compromised accounts or insider threats is 30%. Concern over business continuity or disaster recovery is 28%. Source: Cloud Security Alliance "Cloud Adoption Practices & Priorities Survey Report"

But the truth is that security in the cloud is a lot better than you may think. Here are four reasons why.

1. Built-in

Many cloud services for business have security features built into their existing architecture. “In most cases, the cloud is more secure than on-premise data centers. Cloud providers have made — and continue to make — significant investments to ensure the infrastructure is secure,” explains Josh Jones, senior network security architect at Insight.

2. A multifaceted approach

Employing both software-based and physical security solutions, Cloud Service Providers (CSPs) tackle risk prevention and data loss in an integrated manner. Uniting policy enforcement, management systems and encryption, they develop solutions that are compliant with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA), PCI (Payment Card Industry) and Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

While CSPs are vigilantly constructing their control mechanisms and thoughtfully planning how they can protect their platforms, you may want to take small steps at first. Jones recommends transitioning in phases, and migrating less-sensitive applications and workloads to the cloud first.

3. Careful monitoring

With the ability to monitor resources, components and adherence to policies, CSPs can shut off any part of the system if something is affecting the overall security of the platform or service. “Transparency and governance apply just as equally to the cloud as the internal data center,” Jones says.

4. Standalone service

The adoption of mobile, social and cloud at increasing rates is producing parallel growth for cloud security solutions. As a result, the way security is delivered and employed by users has evolved. With economical pricing, Gartner estimates more than 30% of security controls implemented by small and medium businesses will be cloud-based by 2015.

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The benefits of cloud computing create a real competitive advantage for your organization — and the misconception that there’s a lack of security shouldn’t stand in the way of increased productivity and flexibility.