In lieu of the continuous data leaks and data breaches, public cloud service providers have gained a reputation for being insecure. Verily, the unauthorized data access was from public clouds. However, cloud based services aren’t really to blame in most data breaches. In fact, cloud technology plays a vital role in delivering efficient and reliable data protection services.
This article attempts to explain the series of data breaches that happened in 2017 and how cloud storage solutions aren’t to blame.
Data Breaches from Public Cloud – Human Error to blame
In most cases, when data is leaked from a public cloud; it’s not actually the fault of the cloud’s security protocols. It is actually the fault of the person or team responsible for putting the data there. I know this is a frustrating argument but hear me out.
Public cloud service providers enable users to set the privacy settings of the data they upload into the cloud. Generally, the data can be set public or private. The publicly classified data is accessible via the link; anyone can access this data as long as they have the link. The privately classified data requires authorized credentials. If you have a link but you don’t have the access credentials, you still cannot access the file.
When sensitive data is incorrectly categorized as publicly accessible, it isn’t exactly the fault of the cloud service provider that the data was accessed. It’s the fault of the team or person responsible for uploading the data. Most data breaches in the past happen because the data was publicly accessible. In other words, most of those breaches could have been avoided if the data accessibility was set to private.
That’s why cloud technology isn’t to blame for the majority of the data breaches from 2017.
With that established, let’s briefly visit the role of cloud technology in the context of enterprise data protection.
Enterprise Data Protection – Cloud Based Services
Cloud based services deliver a number of services to facilitate enterprise data protection. These services include cloud backup and cloud disaster recovery (DR).
Using cloud backup services, enterprises can protect their data from data loss without acquiring any infrastructure. Enterprises can use services like Cloud Connect to Microsoft Azure and store their data in Azure Cloud Storage. The same services can be used for setting up backups in Azure cloud instead. Azure’s enterprise level security protocols efficiently protect an enterprise’s data from data loss and data breaches.
Cloud disaster recovery ensures reduced downtimes and enhances business continuity. Enterprises simply cannot afford outages because they result in thousands of dollars in losses per hour; not to mention the reputation damage that they incur. Using cloud disaster recovery services, enterprises can setup replicated systems to which they can failover to in the event of primary system failure. This too, like the backup cloud, can be done without the acquisition or setup of physical infrastructure.
Besides the enterprise level data protection services; the cloud facilitates simplified scalability and is very cost effective.
This is why cloud technology should be the prime choice for enterprises looking to protect their data or setup disaster recovery services to achieve an always on enterprise.