Many companies are still suspicious of the cloud--not just because it's comparatively new technology, but also because it is often difficult to describe precisely how the cloud protects stored data. That's why we're taking the time to break down cloud security and explain exactly which features keep your data safe!
The Many Faces of the Cloud
The cloud is a sophisticated solution with a simple explanation: it is, in essence, a non-physical receptacle where you can quickly, easily, and securely store your data. Since the cloud is digital, you don't have to worry about your data being impacted by break-ins, natural disasters, or human error like paper loss and destruction. You also don't have to worry about keeping file cabinets or organizing files on local hard drives.
The cloud has three primary "faces:"
Affordable and basic, public cloud service allows you to store your files and folders. It's a fast, user-friendly solution that gets the job done without hassle.
Private cloud services put you in complete control. Physical, on-site hardware is sometimes involved, which means that the solution is generally more expensive and complicated (but also more sophisticated).
Hybrid cloud service is the best of both worlds: private storage for sensitive files and personal information, and public storage for everything else.
Now that you know a little more about the cloud, it's time to take a closer look at how your data is being protected. Here are a few options:
- managed network services,which helps you boost security throughout your company and provides tools and processes for securing cloud data;
- firewalls, which inspect incoming data and compare this information against known security threats;
- encryption, which makes data unusable to anyone outside your company;
- and physical security, which is handled at cloud data centers and generally involves fingerprint authentication, armed guards, and sophisticated locks.
Still worried about using the cloud? Looking for managed network solutions that can help? Contact us today!