How a Cloud Server Can Protect Your Business from Data Breaches
Data breaches result in not only the loss of data, but also damage to a company's reputation, customer disengagement, and potential legal disputes. In a recent Unisys survey in the Philippines, it found that 24% of customers who reported data breaches ended up pursuing legal action, 21% dropped the brand involved, and 18% exposed their concerns on social media. Cyberattacks have become more frequent and more complex in the past few years. The 2017 Breach Level Index Report revealed that over 7 million data breach incidents happen daily. Identity theft, social engineering, phishing, and malware attacks are on the rise, and many of these, especially ransomware attacks, are directed towards exploiting traditional and on-premise systems. Despite this, many companies still cling to outdated and insecure legacy systems. Although it poses different cybersecurity risks, cloud servers or infrastructure provide the secure, scalable, and on-demand network and storage solutions that your company needs. In this article, we will delve into the specifics of why simply taking advantage of cloud servers can increase your protection against data breaches.
Cybersecurity tools made for legacy systems are unreliable compared to the multi-layered approach of cloud servers. Data on cloud servers, for one, have inherent redundancy. It means you won’t have to worry about data loss in the event of physical failures. As cloud apps function as a service, you get an ever-evolving product with frequent updates. Hackers and cybercriminals often evolve tactics and strategies to cause a successful breach. Securing your system with real-time continuous patches can only be possible for hosted services. Emerging applications like predictive analytics can also take advantage of the amount of data in the cloud to detect vulnerabilities or potential breaches, according to Tech Crunch.
Another vital way that cloud servers provide more secure storage services is by having cybersecurity expertise. Updatable notes how global hosting networks often have secure site infrastructure and certifications to operate like ISO 27001. This is especially hard to ignore especially when you consider that it’s neither cheap nor easy to hire cybersecurity experts. In fact, a Frost & Sullivan study predicts that there will be a shortage of around 1.5 million cybersecurity professionals by 2020.
When data is migrated off-site, the amount of human risk decreases. People, especially unaware or malicious employees, remain the biggest cybersecurity threat. By putting the data off-site, access to mission-critical digital assets becomes more controlled. Cloud servers provide layered access to data that is more secure and sophisticated in architecture. You can also deny access in real-time through the cloud anywhere you are. The lack of physical access to data makes it harder for malicious elements to use brute force in taking your data.
Frequent Cybersecurity Audit
Cloud service providers have a more frequent and more streamlined cybersecurity audit. It’s easier for cybersecurity in legacy systems to be neglected when they’re on-prem and function as they should. In contrast, hosting providers are required to do regular audits in finding flaws in their system. While the idea of outsourcing data storage to the cloud may be daunting, it’s becoming increasingly necessary for a company’s security.
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