How Safe is Your Data on Cloud

More and more companies are turning to cloud technology to improve their business performance. Amidst this era of rising usage of web-connected devices, Internet of Things or IOT is fastly emerging as the core of the next generation of information systems architecture. Besides helping companies to ensure persistent online presence and analyzing big data intelligence, IOT facilitates them with secured connected devices, servers, and networks. This also includes safeguarding the clients against ever-growing cyber attacks.

The malware as well as cyber threats can exploit the susceptibilities in the encryption technology and methods. They can easily access server, network, & application software in order to control various industrial processes. Moreover, the cyber attacks can even control a company's public infrastructure, including power, water distribution, & energy systems.

In this light, recent security breaches and malware invasions seems unstoppable. As per a study conducted by RightScale in 2014, about 90% of the companies surveyed, are on public cloud. This brings us to the same question, how safe is your company's mission critical data in the cloud?

Securing the cloud

Security of electronic devices, networks, mission critical data against the nasty attacks of cyber spies and criminals remains one of the prime security concerns, which is further straining the potential of IT resources, irrespective of their experience and size. The concern seems common for all the organizations that are in the early stages of contemplating cloud deployment.

The responsibility of ensuring organizations about the safety of their data and info falls directly on the IT security software and systems vendors.

Are the Cloud-related security threats exaggerated?

The cloud is not only confined to online data storage and software-as-a service, however, it has expanded to include more IT outsourcing options, like platform-as-a-service and Infrastructure-as-a-service. Many big companies are making use of cloud services to store, access, edit and share digital data using any of the Internet ready devices.

As IoT deployments are increasingly expanding, the industry is anticipating more security threats in this highly vulnerable IT environment. A market research conducted by the Coleman Parks estimated that nearly 63% of the respondents believed that IoT will be a potential threat to the network security. While, 37% of the respondents believed that these concerns are just hype and are overblown exponentially.

The concern of the businesses around the cloud security is quite reasonable, as both public and private clouds house huge volumes of highly confidential and business sensitive data pertaining to client information, products or financials in it.

However, to mitigate the cloud security and control risks, service providers deploy top-notch security measures for its users. Most of the cloud hosts have enterprise class tools such as firewalls, role based access controls and surveillance systems to ensure that the customer data is accessed only by the authorized personnel.

Stringent measures are also implemented to ascertain comprehensive protection against the distributed denial of service attacks (DDoS), usually in the form of mass emails that can have an adverse effect on the businesses without an adequate infrastructure to keep them at bay.

In cloud, the data in transit over the Internet is protected with SSL encryptions. The cloud providers delegate an information security team to keep a constant vigilance over servers and data centers.