Dispel the myths and concerns around Cloud Computing

Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Cloud Computing is transforming the way businesses communications structures are designed and built. However, number of high-profile security and data breaches, with the potential to damage a company’s reputation, have left customers feeling vulnerable.

The good news is Cloud Computing offers better accessibility for mobile workers, a more streamlined work process and the opportunity to integrate applications, increasing productivity and reducing costs.

Safety in numbers
Since the year 2009, the global uptake of cloud computing has risen exponentially, and shows no sign of slowing down. More and more businesses are migrating to a system that offers reduced costs, increased flexibility, scalability, and, yes - better security!

This means that large companies are making big investments in adopting and developing Cloud storage platforms. The more money invested, the greater the emphasis on protecting data: efforts to improve security even further will continue in line with the rise in demand.

Storing data safely
Whilst hacking is the more publicised risk with data storage, the reality is there should be greater concern over lost data, or data that cannot be accessed. If the system goes down, while the data may be safe in the long term, an inability to gain access could be detrimental to workflow and business continuity.

This is why it is so important to choose the right cloud provider for your business. Established providers will have a system for backing up your data in highly secure data centres and have a robust plan in place for disaster recovery. It is also wise to consider access to data via an alternative platform, such as Google Drive, to keep the business operating if a system outage occurs.

Encryption
Data can be encrypted before being sent or stored via a cloud computing system. This is done by using complex algorithms to lock and conceal data on the cloud. In order for a would-be hacker to access this data, they would need to crack the encryption key, which is no easy task.

Hacking into encrypted data would take a huge level of processing power, specialised software and a great deal of time. Again, the superior level of layered security, which cloud computing builds into your infrastructure, makes trying to break in a laborious and unattractive proposition for cyber criminals.

Conclusion
Cloud computing is the number one choice of infrastructure for the future. We hope this guide has helped to dispel any doubts about security and highlight ways that both businesses and providers can work to keep data safe and secure.

To find out more about our cloud services and security measures, please call 0161 788 0000.


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