Is Cloud Storage Secure?
We frequently encourage our clients to consider the cloud as a viable option for their data storage needs, be they someplace to store a copy of their data backup or even their primary storage option. Sometimes though, our clients are hesitant to adopt cloud technology. We frequently get asked – is cloud storage secure? This is an important question to answer, because more and more of our data is going to end up in the cloud as technology continues to advance.
Unfortunately, this can be a difficult question to give a straightforward answer to. Why? Because different cloud providers will offer different levels of security, so the answer we can give you will depend entirely on what provider you use.
Cloud Storage Security Depends on the Cloud Provider
Cutting a long story short, it really is as simple as that. There are plenty of means that your cloud provider has to help ensure the security of your stored data on their infrastructure—because that’s all the cloud really is: an infrastructure that you can use remotely instead of using your own. In this case, you’re simply using someone else’s server to store your data.
Due to this, your data’s security is wholly dependent on the protections that the provider has (or has not) put in place.
Ideally, your provider will have made sure that your data is protected by a variety of safeguards, including encryption, access controls, redundancy, and cloud monitoring, with these features tested regularly to ensure that your data is properly secured. Any quality provider will be doing so to the best of their ability, with their servers locked down and guarded behind their own security features and personnel.
Data Also Needs to Be Available
Of course, data that your business can’t access is (for all intents and purposes) data that doesn’t exist, so you need to be sure that your cloud storage provider can also ensure that you have access to everything you’ve entrusted to them.
There are numerous reasons why this may not be the case, ranging from user error, mechanical failure, or local disaster leading to a service disruption on the provider’s end to a successful cyberattack upon the provider.