The cloud refers to the exciting and relatively new technology that has several benefits for businesses. The cloud is any type of data storage off-site that can be accessed remotely. It saves a lot of money on overhead because you don’t need to pay for the servers themselves, or the space to store them. With the cloud, you typically pay for what you use, making solutions easily scalable for growing businesses. According to one study, 94% of businesses report they saw security benefits from moving to the cloud. Here’s why.
1. Better Physical Security
Cloud companies take security very seriously. Most have some type of physical security in place. Measures may include server cages to keep prying fingers out, biometric data for entry, and surveillance.
Mantraps are a popular method to ensure only authorized individuals are able to gain access to sensitive equipment. The most sophisticated of these small rooms even weigh people to make sure they are the same person who swiped in using an ID card or biometric data.
2. Decentralized Cloud Storage
When you have dedicated hosting or servers on site, all of your data is stored in one location. It would be easy for hackers to target an attack on your centralized data.
With cloud storage, your data is always accessible to you but different pieces of your data could be stored on different servers all around the globe, making it more secure. It is somewhat similar to popular torrent download services of yesteryear. In that case, users themselves each hosted full files. When a download was initiated, each host sent only a small portion of the file.
3. Encryption in Cloud Computing
Most cloud storage uses encryption to make data look like complete nonsense to those who try to access it without the proper key. Some cloud systems let only the user themselves (you) have the “key” to decode it, while others keep the key themselves. This allows them to process the data in certain ways and give authorized users access on your end.
4. Integrated Surveillance and Analysis
Most cloud storage systems and solutions have constant surveillance either by the provider of cloud products or through a dashboard available to the user. This surveillance can easily alert you to any abnormalities like unauthorized or failed log-in attempts which could be the sign of a hack or other problem. This allows you to stay one step ahead and take care of security problems before they get too serious.
5. Better Disaster Recovery
With cloud storage, there is more chance of a swift recovery from disaster. With physical on-site disasters like a hurricane or flood, you risk losing everything. Cloud storage is off-site and decentralized so if one cloud data center goes down, another one will pick up the slack and your data will be safe. As long as the appropriate employees are aware of the location of the data and how to access, cloud storage can help recovery.
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