A 2013 survey by LinkedIn reported that 54% of people who participated, felt that data security was a top concern and even a deterrent when they consider incorporating cloud computing into their business practices.
Industries that use sensitive data like health care, and finance related businesses, are especially aware of security concerns in technology and have a heightened sense of risk when it comes to placing data to the cloud. Security breaches are obviously a serious issue. If someone were to break into a business system whether it was in the cloud or not, that business’s reputation could be tarnished, it’s competitive secrets could be compromised, and it’s data could be lost, depending on the severity and type of breach. In this world of ever increasing transparency and risk, security should be a top concern for business owners and CEOs for any type of business. The old adage of “we’re to small to be hacked,” is no longer true.
Many people believe that data is safer within the confines of one’s own office space. The truth is, that with proper measures, data is often safer in the cloud, than in traditional methods of data storage. There are risks for data, no matter where it might be sitting.
While it’s true that security is a concern, data loss is also a hazard. A separate study conducted by Mimecast, showed that 57% of respondents felt their data was safer after using cloud computing, because data loss was at a reduced risk, and data was usually backed up in more than one place. Additionally cloud computing often has multiple points of failure and an army of very expensive security equipment and people to make sure data is safe.
As technology develops, standards increase. Security standards for cloud computing, and technology use in general such as: HIPAA, ISO, PCI, DSS, and SOC set the bar for I.T. technologists and cloud developers in terms of keeping data secure for clients. Meeting these standards allows clients to feel better about how their data is stored and missing these standards means client loss for developers and technology professionals
Some of my previous posts have addressed many areas of security for different industries and different technologies. The ways and methods that hackers can get access to data would surprise and scare most people. Whether your data is in the cloud or in your closet, JMARK understands the intricacies of cyber security and every other aspect of I.T. security. Our industry certifications, tight policies and procedures, overall technical scope and expertise, army of experts, advanced software, and the regulations we abide by – allow us to serve our clients and make sure that they can sleep peacefully at night, not worrying about security or the continuity of their data.
For more information about security in the cloud or in your office, contact us to get a proper security analysis performed.