As public cloud use becomes more widespread, companies must address certain questions that surface with implementation. Security is often part of the discussion, with IT professionals tasked with reassuring line of business managers about the safety of storing data in the cloud.
With any data storage — public or private cloud, on-site, or a hybrid solution — there are security risks to address. The novelty of cloud technology often makes it of particular concern to managers. They want to know that measures are being taken to ensure the safety of data. They also often embrace certain myths about security.
The “black or white” myth: While data stored in the public cloud is not inherently unsafe, it’s not impenetrable, either. One of the myths of public cloud data storage is double-sided, with some believing that it cannot possibly be safe and others believing that the cloud will not allow a security breach.
Neither statement is completely true. It’s important when accessing a cloud solution that you carefully assess security risks and address them with your vendor in writing. You should not only determine which party is responsible for each aspect of security, but also who takes responsibility for damages in the event of a breach.
Public cloud options are not safe by accident; instead, they are safe because enterprises and vendors work together to adopt robust security features which often outperform any security system used in an on-site system.
The vulnerability myth: Don’t imagine that, because you have humans working on your systems, that you’ll always have some unsolvable vulnerability. It requires training and education, but you can help your staff support your security policies.
Passwords written on sticky notes adhered to a monitor and out-of-date firewalls are just two examples of the ways that casual administration of security policies can leave your system vulnerable. Shadow IT, or the unauthorized downloading of apps and other technology, can also create vulnerability.
Don’t throw up your hands and assume your system can never be safe. With the right training, your employees can be some of your best security resources. Once they know what’s at risk, they can work alongside your IT professionals to ensure a safe public cloud environment for your company.
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