Moving data and other company solutions to the cloud can pay off in significant ways for businesses. Small and medium enterprises gain by no longer needing to shell out additional money for the costs of maintaining data servers and other expensive software on their premises. Companies that have the most to gain hesitate to make that move because of misconceptions they harbor about the security of cloud solutions.
Misconception #1: Cloud Architecture is Easier to Breach
The idea of the cloud as this mysterious, nebulous thing broken by hackers with little effort causes some businesses to cling to old servers and applications incapable of supporting their scaling needs. A well-constructed virtualized server is no less secure than a physical one. Both come down to the competence of the team building the infrastructure.
A misconfigured cloud platform can be the biggest source of security vulnerabilities. Every possible point of exposure should receive assessment and provide companies with solutions capable of repelling outside threats. Hiring a security vendor for this work gives organizations the best chance of constructing a multi-pronged security solution.
Misconception #2: Securing Cloud Solutions is More Expensive
Companies sometimes conflate certain expenses associated with moving to a cloud solution for their data needs with what they’ll be forced to pay going forward for associated security costs. A business can recover money laid out up front for installation and build costs by shedding expenses businesses would need to pay for by buying or building out custom security solutions.
Security vendors provide various security options companies can configure to their own needs in a cloud environment instead of being forced to buy a suite of unnecessary services for physical servers. Business can add or remove services as business and security priorities shift. That means businesses only pay for what they’re using, resulting in improved long-term savings.
Misconception #3: It’s Harder to Implement Security in a Cloud Environment
Any data environment, whether physical or virtual, depends on personnel doing their homework when it comes to assessing various points hackers like to target. That includes monitoring connections to cloud architecture, using NextGen firewall software, and identity tracking of anyone making access from any device.
A security vendor should be committed to compliance with cloud security best practices and capable of adapting and changing along with their client’s security needs. Businesses should do their research and bring on a partner with in-depth knowledge of securing cloud solutions. An experienced security vendor understands there’s no one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to cloud security and makes recommendations on what’s best for a company’s needs.
Providing Multi-Tiered Security for Cloud Infrastructure
Cadre invests the time needed with each client to work out the best cloud security solutions for their business. We can help ensure you receive the full benefit of moving your data and applications to the cloud. Call us today at (513) 762-7350 if you’re interested in an assessment of your current cloud security set-up or need help with initial configuration.