In our previous post we introduced you to Cloud Computing. Cloud Computing is already a talking point, but many people are debating over whether or not it is secure. For many people, the idea of storing all their data "out there" is disconcerting. With any new technology, it's natural for people to be resistant. But is there good reason to be?
The answer, in short, is no. If you take a closer look, you'll find that Cloud Computing can actually be more secure than locally managed systems. Let's take a look at why:
Many Cloud Computing providers now offer multi-factor authentication as part of their service. While you may be used to the usual user-name and password authentication, multi-factor authentication is much more secure. It combines something you know (password), with something you have (hard token), and something you are (biometric) to gain entry. Now, that's not something that comes on your everyday computer!
Cloud Computing servers provide their services to a large number of businesses and companies. Because they work on a large scale/ in bulk, they save time and money, which can be spent on concentrating their resources on security measures such as filtering, patch management, and cryptography. Think of it this way: Would you feel safer in a patrolled, gated community, or with only your Labrador protecting your property?
Cloud Computing services allow for quick evidence gathering and forensic investigations. At the click of a button, the server can be available to computer forensics for assessment, and in the meantime, you can continue accessing your Cloud applications.
Remember that security is a market demand - and these Cloud Computing providers are offering you a service where your security is paramount. Cloud Computing isn't as "new" as everyone thinks - the idea of storing data on the Internet has been around for decades, and cloud computing itself has been around for the past few years. It's not new, and it's certainly not undeveloped!
As you can imagine, there's a lot more to Cloud Computing than we have already covered. Cloud Computing can be a valuable tool for your business, and many other companies have already caught on to the trend. You don't want to be the last one to catch on, so we'll go into more depth in the next few posts. Stay tuned!