As big data continues to infiltrate data-driven firms on different levels from managing large quantities of data to managing data-driven facilities, firms have had to try to keep up with the demands of big data growth. Up until the last few years, many architect firms have handled their own data with a secure physical, internal servers with an internal resource, but that is changing with cloud technology. Firms are seeing the necessity of moving to a cloud infrastructure and experiencing the pains that go with it. Reasons for the move have become evident including:
- Company-wide adoption to go paperless. Contracts are using esignatures, employee processes are updated and accessed online, and clients expect files to be accessible at all times from their devices.
- Companies are collecting large quantities of data to help make business and client decisions. It is becoming critical to have an infrastructure to handle big data.
- It is becoming much more difficult to house, maintain and transfer large files onsite on physical servers and hardware.
The challenge comes when small- to medium-sized firms who have an average of 25+ workstations and heavy data usage try to build and maintain their own cloud infrastructure. These challenges (and dangers) often surface in the form of security vulnerabilities and breaches, because the proper steps have not been taken ensure and maintain data security within the cloud. We often see this in the following forms:
- Non-encrypted data sharing – Firms often elect to use cloud-sharing platforms like Dropbox that do not transmit encrypted data because they lack the knowledge of the importance of encrypted data. It is easy to setup and implement, but it also opens the door to breaches.
- Private cloud vs shared cloud – Many times, firms do not know how their cloud environment is set up. They see cloud hosting and storage advertised at a competitive price, but may not understand that at that price, they are sharing their cloud with other organizations. Cloud sharing raises the risk of spreading malware and viruses.
- Remote access – Proper layers of security are not enabled for controlled software access/installment, data transfer and device usage which makes them a high-risk environment. Without the proper layers of security, those with access can potentially bring harm to the cloud environment by uploading an infected application or change settings to their liking.
Thinking about this is overwhelming for any firm, but that doesn’t need to be the case.
The best way to overcome the challenge of cloud infrastructure growing pains involves partnering with a trusted managed cloud infrastructure provider. It is too much to ask internal resources to carry the weight of your cloud infrastructure. A managed cloud infrastructure provider can reduce the stress level and risks of managing the cloud infrastructure with internal resources. With a managed cloud service provider, your cloud infrastructure will…
- Have the necessary layers of security to ensure your data is encrypted and safe
- Consolidate cloud services such as data storage and sharing
- Be up-to-date with security and software updates
- Be monitored 24/7 including remote and workstation activity
- Be tested continuously for vulnerabilities
If you’re current cloud setup includes non-encrypted data sharing, shared cloud hosting or simple remote access, it would be best to talk to a managed cloud infrastructure provider about reducing cybersecurity threats and data breaches. At GURU, we take the security of cloud infrastructures seriously. We invest ourselves into your organization to ensure a stable and secure cloud environment for your employees and clients by building the right, scalable cloud solution for you. Let’s start the conversation today to ensure your data and cloud infrastructure is secure.
- Posted by GURU
- On May 11, 2017
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