Misconception #2: Cloud solutions can’t be trusted
Statement: "Cloud storage is insecure"
If you ask people how they think about cloud solutions, one of the most commonly heard views is that the cloud is insecure. Not surprising, considering how often you come across hacking reports in the news. And who hasn't received emails or text messages from phishers trying to access your email account or bank account?
But let's be honest. How many times have you heard news that your bank was hacked or that someone has managed to break into Google? Common associations with cloud solutions such as 'not secure' or 'hacker-walhalla' are really completely unjustified.
Of course, security hacking incidents do occur, but it would be wrong to assume that the cloud is insecure. This really is a common misconception:
Hacking the cloud? No, most cloud providers have very good security practices in place and don’t fall for phishing tricks. Cloud security includes data encryption, backups, 24/7 monitoring and security awareness training among personnel.
Hacking users using the cloud? Unfortunately, this is very common. People are usually the weakest link in the information security chain. Human error lurks everywhere, think of easy-to-hack passwords or clicking on links in phishing emails, which can lead to ransomware or data theft.
We understand very well that the cloud is still a bit 'scary' for many people. But there's a reason why more and more companies are switching to cloud providers for their applications. And that's certainly not just price and manageability. Security also plays a major role. We understand that some people are sceptical about cloud solutions, especially if you don't know exactly what 'cloud' means. But remember that hacks are almost always triggered by human interaction.
Cloud solutions, hosted in data centres full of specialized hardware, are supported by a modern infrastructure, where support teams are responsible for installing updates and patches, which helps prevent security breaches. Compared to an in-house or local solution you no longer have to maintain all of these critical parts of your infrastructure.
And to keep data secure, the front line of defense for any cloud solution is encryption, a complex algorithm to conceal cloud-protected information.
Obviously no company is 100% safe from security threats or data decryption. But access control and data are safer in the hands of cloud providers. They are better prepared, monitored and qualified to protect your digital assets. It’s their name that is at risk when security issues arise, so they will do anything to prevent this.
People are usually afraid of losing their data, therefore cloud providers use advanced backup methods, so this is not an issue. When cloud solutions are compromised, the people that suffer the most are those that do a poor job protecting their passwords and access to their accounts.
So keeping your data secure is your responsibility as well as your cloud provider’s responsibility. It makes sense to do your part of keeping your passwords secure and use two-factor authentication to protect your account even more.
So do you trust the cloud and yourself?
Read the first installment: Misconception #1: Nobody uses cloud solutions