With endless capabilities, the paradigm shift to cloud technology has indeed taken the world by storm. And as the cloud continues to evolve, enterprises – large and small – are trying to reap the most benefits—such as ease of use, unlimited access, flexibility, automatic software updates, and storage options. All of these at low capital expenditures.

However, even today, there is a lack of trust among some organizations as they are typically concerned about the security aspects of cloud. This fear is reinforced by the fact that they sense data breaches and hackers constantly lurking around them. In fact, security happens to be the prime reason that thwarts most organizations from opting for the cloud.

It’s truly unfortunate, as most cloud providers today stage far more enhanced levels of security than on-premise data centers. You’ll get a fair idea only when you think about those security threats and data breaches from the cloud provider’s perspective. Now, imagine a situation where numerous organizations are getting impacted by a potential security threat at the same time. Yes, it will indeed be a catastrophic event. This makes evident that cloud providers are more inclined towards taking security far more seriously than other organizations. Their focus always remains on effectively reinforcing their IT infrastructure with best-in-class security practices.

Key Security Features of the Cloud

To shed some light on how the cloud outperforms on-premise IT infrastructure, we have come up with some key security features of the cloud:

Top-Notch Surveillance

As you already know, if you adopt a cloud option, you need not manage or store your data on-premises anymore. It’s the cloud provider’s responsibility. And they need to make sure your data stays safe all the time.

Unlike on-premise data centers that are vulnerable to unauthorized access and data breaches, the cloud provider’s facility is endowed with a multi-layered security. Some of the precautions include - high and rigid fences, barbed wires, concrete barriers, guards and CCTV cameras. Taking security to an unprecedented level, these barriers prevent visitors, employees and even the top-level officials from entering the facility. Which means, loads of your business-critical data is safe and secure—allowing you to focus on your core business tasks.

Cloud Expertise

This is where the actual aspect of security comes in—highly skilled professionals work behind the scenes to make sure your business-critical data is free from potential cyber attacks. This involves a 24/7/365 monitoring and maintenance.

Regular Audits and Updates

When it comes to regular audits and upgrading your on-premise IT assets, managing legacy systems can be painstaking. But once you go in line with the cloud, the need to undergo these two crucial processes almost vanishes.

Today’s cloud providers are efficient. They conduct audits on a regular basis to identify the underlying security flaws in the systems. Moreover, they provide essential updates for the applications on the cloud.

The Future of Cloud Security

Envisioning the scope of security on the cloud, Gartner predicts that the cloud-based security services market will reach close to a staggering $9 billion by 2020. 

Ruggero Contu, Research Director at Gartner, says "Email security, web security and Identity and Access Management (IAM) remain the organizations' top-three cloud priorities." He adds further, “Mainstream services that address these priorities include Security Information Event Management (SIEM), Identity and Access Management (IAM), and more offer a significant growth potential. Emerging offerings include cloud-based malware sandboxes, cloud-based data encryption, threat intelligence enablement, Web Application Firewalls (WAFs), threat intelligence and endpoint protection management.”

Although the security features of the cloud are innovative in all aspects, the key to a safe and secure cloud journey lies in how you choose your cloud provider. If you do it right, your cloud journey will lead you towards long-term profits—driving your overall business growth.

Originally published , updated September 04 2021