As businesses continue to face security threats, cyber security has become one of the top most priorities for business honchos and government leaders alike. In recent times, there has been a paradigm shift from channeling resources towards investing in software security mechanisms to turning to the cloud as an effective solution to counter cyber terrorism.
According to PWC’s The Global State of Information Security Survey 2016, 69% of today’s IT firms are using cloud-based cyber security services. A few years ago, when major companies first took the steps towards welcoming the cloud as part of their business process, such decisions were viewed with major distrust. Fast forward to today’s scenario and you’ll find that most cyber security mechanisms now include cloud-based solutions.
Here are the few top reasons why the cloud is now an integral part of today’s security solutions:
In short, cloud-based cyber security facilitates intelligence gathering, reduces time lags between detection and remediation and helps in crafting secure channels of communication.
Having said that, several factors like increasing digitization and mobility have contributed towards making private and sensitized information much more susceptible to severe data breaches. Here are some steps that companies should take to ensure adequate security even in the cloud:
A major arena where cloud-based security solutions score big is of course, cost. It reduces the need to purchase, maintain and regularly update technology infrastructure and hire qualified personnel to oversee security processes. This in turn, reduces cost significantly.
Security Information Sharing:
Cloud-based systems will enable integrated security information sharing on a level that has not yet been achieved till date.
With third-party cloud service providers now acquiring advanced technologies and industry certifications, businesses are now increasingly confident about putting their valuable data and mission-critical workloads in the cloud. In fact, 71% respondents now run external-facing production applications in the cloud, a figure that is up by 60% from 2013. 41% of companies use it for mission-critical workloads.