Cloud-first overtime has become a mantra for many organizations that want to keep their data in agile technology, the curious case where adoption has been more customized towards the requirements. Over the years, cloud technology has seen a digital and user transformation from basic business use to shifting the complete business infrastructure on the cloud. Cloud initially started as an small data storage platform to store data that can be accessed from any demography; many had cited the security and compliance concerns as an obstacle that could slow the adoption. Perceptions regarding cloud technology haven’t changed over the course of the last several years; businesses are still convoluted over the cloud technology with security and what would be infrastructure change when coming with cloud technology.
Various business tools are being introduced that could change the understanding of the cloud for making your IT environment even more secure and compliant rather than using the on-premises infrastructure alone. One of the biggest factors that are contributing to changing perception is experience. Organizations are constantly concerned about what would happen to their data if they store it on public cloud, but with experience and exposure to cloud services, the concern has reduced over time. Businesses have become unbiased by using the cloud as they adopt more of the solid security practices, by blocking different types of cloud adoption will only be leading to users bypassing IT protocols and security barriers creating bigger risks for business. However, the biggest advantage with cloud evolution is that it has inertly become more secured, with private infrastructure that would depend on your IT teams skills and resources available making then responsible for monitoring and patching. Security is the biggest part of the complete equation when it comes to having a storage solution for both cloud and on-premises.
According to Alert Logic’s 2017 cloud security report, public cloud installation had seen some of the fewest cyber-security incidents than any other cloud type. The report was calculated over the course of 550 days, with 147 petabytes of data analyzed and over 3807 customers participated for reporting. After years pushing the boundaries, cloud service providers (CSP) are expert at securing the lower physical, logical, and network layers of the stack. Even the attacks at the OS level a declining or carried by the stymied speed at which CSPs can apply different patch and updates to the systems.
In the world where the robust program can burst into life in few days or weeks, applications are programmed to do much more than handle million of inputs at a time, interact with different data storage units around the globe, process and return results within just milliseconds and provide a greater user experience at several phases. With added environment where security experts have to work much harder to keep the complete data secured but increasingly interact with a fine exercise control over the applications they run and different patch applications schedule and so forth. Even though malware and zero-day attacks still are keeping vulnerabilities of cloud in highlight, the attacks have increasingly become resilient with accelerating security development. Smart attackers are seeking the weakest link in the network defense, during the cloud security report that has primarily studied the web application attacks that accounts for 75 percent of all the incidents we flagged over the course of last 18 months evaluation period. Such attacks have 85 percent of the customers with an injection style attacks that are dominant in the market. Industry observers such as Verizon, Gartner, SANS, and many such different analytical firms have perceived that the number of attacks for cloud has reduced, while 56 percent of all PHP applications had at least one SQLi vulnerability 4. There has been a rise in the number of attacks as the enterprises are looking for more distributed kind of environment that involves public, private or on-premises a complete hybrid environment.
The reduced security incidents related to the public cloud have been due to the introduction of millions of pounds in securing the infrastructure and the benefits that are being passed onto the customers. The mega providers have an inbuilt data center and network architecture designed to meet the complete requirements of even the most security-sensitive organizations. Allowing the customer to scale and innovate without the need for development, the enhanced level of security is added solution for enterprises. The enhanced security could even be viewed as a type of cloud service in that organizations don’t have to pay up-front costs of development and have a lower cost of ownership.
With the advent of GDPR has made several of the organizations of various sizes to re-assess their cybersecurity measures and how they handle sensitive data, while those in the regulated industry are subject to more of stringent regulations for the business. The bigger cloud providers manage dozens of compliance for their infrastructure; any data stored on the cloud will automatically becoming compliant to the requirement. Cloud providers over the years have worked to build complete infrastructure that can make the compliance process much more reliant. The cloud providers now have a complete availability zone with data residency solutions, with complete jurisdiction over certain laws that forbid the transfer of data to different regions.
Public cloud wouldn’t have answers for all the different types of data requirements that businesses have today, but the businesses need to be aware that the cloud solutions will become more formative. With security scales already changing with business requirements, public cloud is now just not a simple blocker anymore, and in many cases, organizations are turning to cloud because it provides more security than their on-premises environment.
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