Cloud technology has changed the implementation methods of how we communicate and conduct business. Specific hardware can be replaced without affecting the user experience. In fact, the cloud enables organizations to better control the content and associated metadata it creates, improving the user experience through customization. But it’s this data that can be cause for concern because security is always an issue with the transmission of data, particularly when in the cloud and outside of the corporate firewall. Security concerns, however, are often outweighed by the economic benefits of using the cloud.
Can Your System Be Completely Secure?
Organizations utilizing the cloud for applications such as CRM and VoIP would like to think their data is private, available only to their employees. The only truly secure system is one that no one can access or at least has strict permissions assigned to only a few people who are carefully monitored. This type of system typically doesn’t work well for enterprise-wide deployment. So how does an IT department minimize its risk for a security breach and keep data private, particularly with the cloud and mobile access?
First, the organization must look at privacy and security differently. While privacy is defined as the state of being free from observation where no one can see your data, security allows for observation of data but employs a system or process to ensure there is limited risk for malicious corruption of the application or network. Most enterprise applications cannot be completely private because in order to be useful, they must be accessible, at least to key stakeholders. Therefore, ensuring proper governance and oversight into permissions is a critical task for IT.
Help is Here
Cloud security can and must be obtained by any organization leveraging the cloud in any capacity. While the cloud offers employees unparalleled capabilities and access, it does come with its own set of challenges and inherent vulnerabilities. To learn how we protect our customers’ valuable data from some of the most common fears, such as data breaches and loss of control check out our new white paper “Staying Secure in the Cloud.”