Cloud security (cloud computing security) is made up of a set of policies, controls, procedures and technologies that work together to protect cloud-based systems, data and infrastructure.
In general, cloud computing security measures are configured to protect data, support regulatory compliance and protect customers’ privacy as well as setting authentication rules for individual users and devices.
Transitioning a business to the cloud does not make it any less vulnerable to cyberattacks than an on-premise scenario. Most experts in cloud security agree that robust cloud security is imperative with security threats constantly evolving and becoming more sophisticated.
From authenticating access to filtering traffic, cloud security can be configured to the exact needs of the business. And when these needs are configured and managed in one place, administration overheads are reduced and this frees a company’s IT team to focus on other areas of the business.
Implementation of cloud security is normally a joint responsibility between the solution provider and business owner. The manner in which the cloud security is delivered in dependent on the cloud security solutions or cloud provider.
The benefits of cloud security are considerable, including reduced costs because utilizing cloud storage and security eliminates the need to invest in dedicated hardware. Not only does this reduce capital expenditure, but it also reduces administrative overheads.
When organizations choose a reputable cloud services provider or cloud security platform, they can concentrate on business rather than manual security configurations and constant security update, which can be very costly.
There is also value in centralizing cloud security because cloud-based business networks are usually comprised of many devices and endpoints. Managing these entities centrally enhances traffic analysis and filtering, streamlines the monitoring of network events and results in fewer software and policy updates.
Disaster recovery plans can also be implemented and actioned easily when they are managed in one place.
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