August 12, 2021
Everything has changed. The “new normal” is here to stay. For most businesses and organizations, when an employee is doing work on their PC, laptop or any other device, the work isn’t actually being performed on that specific device. It’s being done — and saved — on the cloud. This is where we are now, because it’s the most efficient way for companies to operate.
But because the cloud is essentially a “public” space that means extra security precautions need to be taken. Cloud security is a very different set of practices than what would be performed on a private device. And beyond keeping your organization safe from intruders, it also offers a means for you to take direct control of these practices all from one, centralized location. This factor makes it so efficient and so powerful — but also dangerous, if you don’t know what you’re doing. That’s where we come in.
Cloud Security directly impacts your bottom line.
For just a moment, let’s set aside the obvious fact that a data breach is one of the costliest events that can happen to your business — which is exactly what proper cloud security aims to prevent. Beyond that, one of the key benefits of utilizing cloud storage and security is that it eliminates the need to invest in dedicated hardware. And for the IT crew who would originally have to address one security issue after another after they’ve already occurred, now they can work with a system that proactively prevents the issues from cropping up in the first place. Such a system would offer 24-hour protection and allow everyone to focus on more pressing matters.
Neglecting cloud security is like riding a bicycle on a highway without a helmet — in the wrong direction.
Data security on the cloud is important because you’re no longer in control. If, for example, you choose to run your applications on either a public or hybrid cloud, you’re effectively putting your trust in a third-party. The cost of an average security breach for a company is a cool $3.8 million. This figure rises to $7.9 million for American companies with an average time of 196 days for the detection of the breach in the first place.
The way businesses function has fundamentally changed. So too must your views on cybersecurity.
Just about everyone who can work from home is doing so. That’s one of the tremendous benefits of cloud computing — it offers an unprecedented amount of accessibility and we are starting to grow more and more accustomed to it. However, as the number of remote workers continues to grow, so too do the security dangers. Not everyone who works from home knows the best security practices to use. Personal laptops and other devices present an even larger risk when using them to perform tasks for their company. Proper cloud security can help protect your organization from a remote worker’s personal device that may have been infected with malware.
There is never a perfect solution. There will always be risks involved with cloud computing, and these risks continue to rise at an exponential — and daily — pace. But nevertheless, organizations are wholly dependent on the cloud in order to stay relevant and competitive. If anything, this is all the more reason for you not to cut corners on security. You simply can’t afford to. And the people who rely on your services can’t afford for you to, either. Call us today to learn more.