Today, security experts no longer see the cloud as a threat. Instead, they try to highlight its security benefits. Cloud Computing is a talking point, but many people are debating over whether or not it is secure. For many people, the idea of storing all their data “out there” is disconcerting. With any new technology, it’s natural for people to be resistant. But is there good reason to be?

The answer, in short, is no. If you take a closer look, you’ll find that Cloud Computing can actually be more secure than locally managed systems. Let’s take a look at why:

Multi-factor authentication

Multi-factor authentication (MFA) is an authentication method in which a computer user is granted access only after successfully presenting two or more pieces of evidence (or factors) to an authentication mechanism.
It combines something you know (password), with something you have (hard token), and something you are (biometric) to gain entry. Now, that’s not something that comes on your everyday computer. Many Cloud Computing providers now offer multi-factor authentication as part of their service. While you may be used to the usual user-name and password authentication, multi-factor authentication is much more secure.

Patches and updates

Unpatched software is among the leading causes of malware infections worldwide. Critical exploits are often exploited by malicious attackers only a few hours after their public release. For small and midsize businesses, it’s often very difficult to keep software updated without causing major operational disruptions. Cloud providers regularly and routinely install patches for their clients, who can keep using the cloud services without any downtime. This reduces your likelihood of becoming victim to an attack and saves you time in the process.

Forensics

Cloud Computing services allow for quick evidence gathering and forensic investigations. At the click of a button, the server can be available to computer forensics for assessment, and in the meantime, you can continue accessing your Cloud applications.

Market demand

Remember that security is a market demand – and these Cloud Computing providers are offering you a service where your security is paramount. Cloud Computing isn’t as “new” as everyone thinks – the idea of storing data on the Internet has been around for decades, and cloud computing itself has been around for the past few years. It’s not new, and it’s certainly not undeveloped!

As you can imagine, there’s a lot more to Cloud Computing than we have already covered. Cloud Computing can be a valuable tool for your business, and many other companies have already caught on to the trend. You don’t want to be the last one to catch on, so we’ll go into more depth in the next few posts. Stay tuned!