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How Secure Are Cloud-Based Services?

Updated: May 30, 2022

The Problem

The dangers of doing business in the digital age are rising, but there are strong strategies to secure your business. The usage of cloud-based services is one such method.

Cyberattacks are on the rise as more of us spend more time online — surfing, talking, reading, buying, banking, and working — and thieves devise new ways to sneak into networks and steal our personal information. While the world's attention has been focused on the coronavirus this year, another disease, this time of the digital variety, has been infecting devices all over the world, creating havoc and financial damage.

Every day, cybercriminals deploy a new set of destructive tools aimed at exploiting flaws in corporate systems, gaining access, and causing chaos. Viruses, trojan horses, worms, and a variety of other malicious data-stealing techniques including phishing, ransomware, and man-in-the-middle assaults are among them. They may bring a network to a stop by infecting people's computers and turning them into "zombies" that are employed in distributed denial-of-service attacks that overload and paralyse servers.

These and other types of assaults on businesses and organisations cost billions of pounds each year, and they happen all the time. Companies all over the world are scrambling to protect themselves from these very real threats, which may include hefty penalties if personal data isn't protected, and many are questioning if cloud-based services are the best option.

What Are Cloud-Based Services, and Why Should We Use Them?

Thousands of businesses have moved their on-premise IT networks and systems to the cloud, relying on services like Microsoft Azure to operate, store, and back up their data. They're utilising everything from cloud-based email to office productivity software — which allows employees in different areas of the world to work in real time — to the numerous programmes and apps that businesses require, such as timekeeping, bookkeeping, messaging, sales tracking, and so on.

Flexibility, cheaper costs, and simplicity of scalability are all obvious benefits without the need for big capital investments. Employees may use applications from everywhere they work and they don't have to visit a physical location (office) for a computer or conduct their job any more.

You don't have to buy and download programmes and applications to on-the-site workstations, because you have to pay for the usage of cloud-based application and programmes and they are housed on remote cloud-based servers. And if you have more sales and orders and want to expand quickly, the cloud offers you the opportunity to do so, allowing startups to access the market they might have dreamed of a few years ago.

Security in Cloud-Based Services

How secure is this working method adopted in recent years by many corporations and organisations?

In an in-house IT network, trying to keep up with the most recent dangers may be a full-time and a pain. It may be pricey however, because costly IT professionals are required to monitor and remedy the network if something goes wrong.

Cost and effort are almost reduced with cloud-based services since solutions like Azure handle all this for you. For example, Microsoft spends around $1 billion a year on its cloud services to safeguard it from hackers, and employs hundreds of employees all across the world to track and defend its network and customer data.

If you're using a cloud provider like Azure, your legal compliance with consumer and customer information protective measures will be improved because Microsoft is the industry leader with more than 90 local and worldwide certifications of compliance.

Why fight your own IT security, which might put your business at danger, when you can profit enormously from the power of cloud-based security to keep hackers out?

Learn More

How secure is your information technology system? Can you take efforts, also utilising cloud-based services, to further safeguard this? Get a free consultation now with Elite Cloud Solutions specialists.

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