All those migrating to public cloud environment are motivated by the thought of reduced cost, increased productivity, efficiency, agility and scalability all the way through. With so much to gain and less to lose, there’re some organisations avoiding cloud platform like a plague and note convinced with all the benefits.
A survey revealed that all such firms share a common point of view which is cloud posing too much of a security risk. For all those sharing the same belief, read on to find out risks of NOT migrating and a few benefits of dedicated cloud hosting as we speak!
Just Don’t Bury Your Head In The Sand
It’s hard to believe that this particular misconception still exists. Many IT leaders and CIOs might still prefer a more hands-on approach under the impression of having better and more secured systems being on-premise. The thinking is “If I can see it, I can surely secure it” and yet the logic itself is superficial.
No matter the reason, the real and proven fact favours dedicated hosting cloud being more secured than on-premise, legacy systems. Service providers have more employees with a history of industrial expertise unlike the average organisation having a limited headcount while sharing security essentials with already burdened IT staff.
In addition, cloud providers have the most updated and powerful tools with service specialty at their disposal guaranteeing better approach towards network monitoring, threat and flaw detection and timely response to the issues. Another benefit is frequent and constant testing, auditing in compliance with the stricter regulations and meet service-level agreements.
Better Security Upon Cloud Migration
Yet another noteworthy distinction is process automation, scalability, configuration and integration of critical log information; something you’re unlikely to get with on-premise systems. The combination of all these conditions means that many of the security flaws and challenges are overcome on day-one when moving to the dedicated hosting cloud.
Cloud vendors are better equipped to address the security challenges still confronted by old-school IT teams and organisations. Deployment of cloud means successfully overcoming three common challenges pertinent to the on-premise networks namely; policy declaration and execution, visibility and access management services!
Cloud Helps In Defeating Known & Unknown Threats
Even as you overcome all these security challenges, you might still wonder how cloud helps defending against known and unknown threats. This is best achieved when you consider;
– Cloud Resource Configuration
Understanding configuration of the cloud resources includes services, devices, policy objects and users. Once all the information is being gathered, you’ll know if the configurations are indeed consistent to the expectations and have all it takes to counter threats.
– Cloud Asset Behaviour
Apparently, not all the problems are known before they happen. The recent malware incidents exploited undiscovered software flaws, use of stolen credentials and misconduct from end-user that are however undetected through policy management.
With the appropriate instruments and visibility, gaining insight to particular behaviour is possible however, it give rise to a situation refer to as “information overload”which makes it difficult to isolate one problem from another.
Endpoint Benefits Of Cloud Model
Endpoint cloud model technology can automatically discover behaviour and role of cloud resources, monitor each activity and detect certain risks or threats. It’s followed by one of these assets acting abnormally or in an unexpected way, generating real-time alert.
Security professionals this way can quickly investigate the behaviour and take timely measures to counter the issue before it grows.It helps in maintenance of a software model taking input from structured data feeds that pour directly from the cloud vendor’s end.
Despite the misconceptions of dedicated hosting cloud posing too much security risk, the details above prove the model being far more secure than on-premise, legacy systems for a number of applications.
When used in combination with latest tools that top all the rich security information framework established by the cloud network. If you’ve been avoiding the decision of migrating to the cloud platform, perhaps it’s time to rethink the strategy.
Contributed By Ayda Jamar