Just how secure is the cloud?
The cloud offers so much in terms of IT flexibility, but just how secure is it? Much more secure than keeping data in your own infrastructure, that’s for sure. But there’s a lot more to it than you might think.
For a lot of companies, one of the biggest stumbling blocks to cloud adoption, and perhaps its biggest advantage, is the fact that everything is stored off-site.
This is a mindset shift for those used to on-premises services, so let us explain just how secure the cloud might be – information that you can share with colleagues who might be resisting the change.
Authentication: The Key To Secure Cloud Access
Your IT safety perimeter is not your datacenter and corporate network. Not anymore. Users that are physically located somewhere other than your corporate environment are subject to threats.
This is one of the major paradigm shifts in cloud technology, the fact that each individual’s identity – their username and password – becomes the point of access: not the devices or machines themselves per se.
Passwords are weak and subject to cyber-security threats. Therefore second-factor authentication is recommended. Combined with single sign-on for ease of use, based on intelligent risk assessments, this provides additional security in a way that won’t affect user productivity. This doesn’t just mean protecting users and data; but also regulating what each user has access to – thanks to role-based access control.
Essentially, a cloud identity allows employees to access internal company resources anytime, anywhere, and using any device they want with a seamless experience. However because cloud identities are centrally managed and used to access resources such as Microsoft Office 365, Azure Active Directory, and other SaaS applications, it’s critical that the right security measures are in place.
Security At Scale
Despite being designed to make individual access more secure; from a business perspective cloud security surpasses physical hardware capacity.
The keyword is ‘scale’. No matter the number of users, cloud has the ability to handle the load to meet business demands.
Additionally cloud intelligence can also be used to analyze login behavior and detect possible threats – such as unfamiliar IP addresses or inconsistent login scenarios – resulting in swifter action block suspicious activities.
Cloud security also helps onboard new clients and temporary staff into your system. Setting up an identity gives them access to what they need – and restricts access to what they don’t. It also enables you to work securely with external partners; as you can invite them as guests – without needing to create a new identity or managing the account. Easily providing collaboration access and enforcing second-factor authentication to protect your sensitive resources.
Ultimately, cloud security makes up for human errors – such as lost/stolen devices and forgotten passwords – as well as hacker threats, system failures, and data loss. It also makes resources highly accessible for those with the right permissions, seamlessly adhering to the conditions you define.
With the help of cloud technology, you can easily and securely safeguard your corporate data while you focus on what’s important, your business!
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By listening and better understanding your business they can help you establish a secure corporate environment – one that protects your identity and devices to avoid data loss, and ensures that your security posture is defined in the right way.
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