Cloud-based Security Emerges

Cloud-based security continues to emerge as a key growth area. The main reasons for this growth is due to the overall ease of deployment and strong expertise of cloud security teams, and the reduction in investment in hardware/infrastructure required to support the business.  Businesses are no longer required to maintain equipment onsite that need a specialist to operate and maintain.

Cloud-based security solutions lower the operating cost because there is less need for upgrading software, monitoring and documenting software security activities. The cost of hardware and software is increasing dramatically which makes cloud-based security an attractive option for companies of all sizes.

According to PWC’s Key findings from The Global State of Information Security® Survey 2016, 79% said they use cloud-based cybersecurity services like real-time monitoring and analytics, advanced authentication, identity and access management. This survey included input from more than 10,000 IT professionals from around the globe.

Years ago when cloud security was first introduced there was anxiety within businesses about moving their confidential information and storing their data off site. But as cloud-based security grew because of the shortened implementation time, cost savings, and flexibility of supporting platform growth and expansion, many companies have shifted to utilizing cloud-based security.  Cyber teams are using remote servers on the Internet to store and process data instead of using their local data centers on site.

Cloud service providers have greater expertise and technical staff along with state-of-the-art equipment, which allow a business to focus on driving growth through innovative business opportunities verses managing data and infrastructure platforms.  IT security teams have the tools and capabilities that allow them to securely enable the cloud in many environments. Maintaining data security in a facility or in the cloud require the same process, firewall configurations, penetration testing, VPN’s, etc. These are all critical safeguards for the cloud.  An overall IT management program should focus on protecting assets from security threats.  The physical location of business data is less important than the access and security of the data.