Can we trust the cloud?

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Cloud computing is continuing to grow as more businesses realise the benefits it can offer, from increased productivity to improved flexibility. However, for those who haven’t yet adopted cloud computing it is easy to question “can we trust the cloud?”.

The reason people panic when it comes to adopting a cloud computing strategy is because data is no longer sitting in your hands, instead, it is being sent to a third-party provider who will look after it. This lack of control causes reluctance to the cloud, despite the fact that this is a good thing.

The cloud can and should be trusted, and here’s why businesses should opt for it:

1. It’s disaster proof

Unlike on-premise solutions, when a disaster strikes your data is completely safe. The term “disaster” can refer to anything from a flood to a power cut- anything that could jeopardise your data. By storing your data in filing cabinets or local hard drives you risk the chance of your work being completely obliterated if disaster strikes. Disaster Recovery (DRaaS) can be offered by cloud service providers to ensure all data can be restored quickly and easily.

2. Maintenance is taken care of

The cloud provider you chose will look after the maintenance of your data. This includes spotting any potential threats before they become an issue to offering day-to-day support with any minor issues or queries. As much as you are giving up control, you are also giving up the responsibility of ownership. In terms of cost and risk management, this is a significant advantage.

3. Registered security standards in place

With cloud service providers, there are registered security standards that should be achieved. A major one being ISO 27001:2013.

ISO 27001:2013 is a qualification received after looking at the likelihood of an attack or failure, the impact that such an attack or failure would have on the organisation and the effectiveness of controls intended to protect the assets. The ISO 27001 standard is designed to ensure efficient security controls are put in place to protect sensitive company information and data and also to gain customer confidence. Put simply:

  • ISO 27001 ensures the right people, processes, procedures and technologies are in place to protect information assets
  • ISO 27001 protects information and ensures its confidentiality, integrity and availability are maintained

The sooner enterprises realise the cloud is secure, the sooner they can take advantage of the facilities it has to offer. If you’re still unsure if the cloud can be trusted, do not hesitate to contact us.

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