The world has become a very scary place for organisations. With all the possibilities that new technologies have afforded users from one end of the ladder to the other, the liabilities that organisations face have become considerable and bring with them greater risks. Ransomware, ever more popular with cyber criminals, is unbiased when it comes to targeting companies. Customer data has grown into a profitable industry, evolving into the black market, and the increasingly mobile workforce has unearthed and emphasised the danger of data loss through lost and stolen laptops and smartphones. On top of those, there has been a government crack-down on privacy and data protection regulations, adding to security costs and threatening considerable fines.
With all of these factors coming into play and setting the stage for the perfect storm, you would expect that smaller organisations would improve their security. Incredibly, they’re not. In fact, they’re falling behind on the security game, with poorly secured servers, unprotected endpoint devices, and vulnerable storage and back-up processes. A lot of growing businesses don’t realise that their size is no longer a deterrent for cyber criminals. Hackers target as many organisations as possible in the hopes that they will infiltrate some, regardless of who it is. All it takes is one user to click on the wrong link to be compromised, no matter how careful you or the rest of your organisation is. Thankfully, the rise of cloud has brought with it a safer option than on-premises infrastructure. It has effectively shattered the previous trade-off between security, usability and affordability.
Organisations usually don’t want to faff about with IT departments- imagine your local solicitors with an onsite IT team! There’d be no point, it would simply be keeping the lights on in terms of the data centre while maintaining security. With the deployment of cloud-based storage and computing, your organisation can focus on your actual functions, without the headache of maintaining your IT infrastructure. In this post, we’ll be looking at how migrating to cloud can improve your organisation’s security, all in three simple steps.
When organisations think about security in cloud, they usually wonder how secure it actually is. And it’s an important question to ask- no business leader in their right mind would blindly put their organisation’s siloes somewhere without knowing how safe it would be. Unsurprisingly, since I’m writing a post on it, cloud security has been tried and tested extensively and has proven itself up to the standard expected. At this point, millions of businesses have put their files, applications and desktops into the cloud and have been safe against cyber criminals, recovering their files almost instantly in the event of a disaster. The cloud has proven to be not just as safe as your own on-site servers, but even safer than that. So, the question is no longer ‘can I risk putting my business in the cloud?’, but ‘can I risk not putting my business in the cloud?’.
Sounds like something you’d find at the end of a rainbow, right? Ok, we’ll break down why the cloud is more secure. Firstly, your files are protected by bank-grade security. Which means that your files are secure from the moment that they’re created by your users, in transit, and then fully encrypted in the cloud. So, should a hacker access the cloud, they won’t be able to access your information. Since your cloud storage is off site and remotely backed up, it lives behind heavily guarded, layered defences at the physical, network, server, application and data layers. If something should happen, such as your office getting broken into or suffer a fire or flood, you can be relieved to know that everything is safely stored in the cloud. It also allows automatic, remote backups, so regardless of the disaster you’re covered. When it comes to investing in security, your cloud provider will always prioritise it more than your organisation can. Since cloud providers are in the business of cloud, they take security seriously. They employ world-class security experts to design and manage the resources to pass all regulatory compliance tests. The cloud data centres are also monitored around the clock, and are always updated, patched and maintained. So, if that all sounds hunky-dory, let’s see how easy it is to make it all happen.
Move your files to the cloud
Content collaboration is ground-breaking for so many reasons. File sharing and storage spare users from an email nightmare, eradicating incidents like lost attachments, unreasonable file size limits and unsecure collaboration. With a platform like Citrix Sharefile, the security of an organisation is lies in the heavily-protected server room of an IT partner or technology provider. Along with knowing that your files are stored away under lock and key, you can tick off a box on your disaster recovery/business continuity list since, congratulations, you’ve incorporated more backup into your IT strategy. This is the easiest step of all, but considerably improves your security.
Move your applications to the cloud
Chances are, without even realising it, users in your organisations are already using cloud applications. Salesforce, Gmail, Office365 and so many others are a part of your users’ daily tasks, but it’s also possible to pop your most important applications from your servers- or the ones locally installed on each individual computer- to the cloud. With application virtualisation, it’s easy to deploy what had previously been a non-cloud application onto the cloud, so that your users can access it from a browser. This only adds to your organisation’s security by being simpler and easier to maintain.
Move your desktops to the cloud
Having to manage a building full of PCs one at a time can be an absolute nightmare for your IT department. Not only does it take time, but it’s a burden that results in unpatched and unsecure devices, which is exactly what you don’t want to face when you’re trying to beef up your security. With a cloud-based desktop, everything can be managed centrally, regardless of where your users are working, or on what. If they lose their device full of sensitive information, your organisation is safe since nothing is locally installed.
Cloud services are by far the best and most responsible way of adding security to your organisation. But while it’s easier than on-site, it’s not exactly zero-touch. To pop your toe in the cloud adventure, it’s important to work with a local IT service provider who can learn about your organisation and offer you the best cloud option for your needs. That’s what we do here at Cetus (and we manage your cloud for you on top of that!). Have a chat with our experts and improve the security of your organisation with cloud.