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Cloud computing is approaching critical mass in the UK as more businesses realise that they can run any type of enterprise application more economically, faster and in a way that is more secure than running the applications in house.

To date there has not been a massive data breach affecting a cloud computing service. That’s because the cloud architecture is designed in a way that data is properly segregated, networks are well designed, and the lines of defence are constantly vigilant to protect cloud-based data and resources from external attack.

That might surprise people who assume that the old way of doing things, namely keeping business data and applications on in-house servers and workstations, is going to be inherently more secure.

That could have been the case a decade ago, but in the current era of mobile computing and widespread use of public cloud services, business data has become very promiscuous.

Most businesses are facing today’complex cyber security challenges with IT architectures that were developed back in a time when IT staff had full control of computing resources. Today, they do not.

Even if a sensitive document is stored on a server that the IT staff have “locked down” and protected by firewalls from external attack, the data may not stay on the server for long. The person who created the document may want to continue working on it on their laptop or home PC. That’s good, of course, as it improves productivity and allows the worker to get the job done faster.

But as sensitive data is propagated to multiple endpoints and by email, the security risks multiply.
How many people access your business network every day using devices that are inherently insecure such as laptops, USB drives, smartphones and tablets?

Another problem with storing sensitive business data on in-house servers and workstations is that the level of protection that can be achieved by doing security in-house often falls short of what today’s heightened threat environment require.

That’s particularly the case for small and medium-sized businesses, whose front line of defence against attack from malware and hackers often consists of nothing more sophisticated than a consumer-grade anti-virus program and free firewall software, such as that included in Windows or in their internet router.

Of course, some security is better than no security at all. But the trouble is that this approach lulls businesses into a false sense of security, when they need instead to be constantly vigilant against an ever-changing threat environment.

Even the biggest corporations can be caught napping by increasingly aggressive types of internet-borne attack. In January, HSBC was hit by a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack that targeted its online banking service.

As more business moves online, DDoS attacks are becoming more common. DDoS attacks can knock a website out of action for hours causing considerable financial loss. But despite the risks, one survey found only a quarter of businesses had purpose-built DDoS equipment or cloud-based services, and 20 per cent admitted to having no DDoS protection at all.

In contrast to the limited protected offered by consumer-grade firewall software, the business-grade firewalls that cloud service providers such as Cloud2Me use come with a battery of sophisticated detection systems to protect clients’ applications and data from new types of threat,

Using the latest security technologies, we can better protect your applications and data from the most sophisticated attacks, such as blended threats that originate from multiple sources, and “zero day” vulnerabilities, which can only be detected if the anti-malware software is kept continually up to date. In this way, threats are scanned and stopped at the network perimeter before even hitting the customer’s applications and data hosted on our servers.

As the scale and complexity of cyber threats grow, businesses need to re-evaluate whether they still feel confident to handle IT security in house. That’s particularly true for small and medium-sized businesses, which cannot justify having a member of their IT team dedicated to security issues. So now is the time to think seriously about the security benefits of moving applications and data to the cloud.

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