This is the third installment in our series on Cloud Computing. Previous posts discussed why cloud computing is a technology you can’t afford to ignore and the differences between private and public clouds. This week, we focus on the security of the cloud.

Many businesses that should be benefiting from cloud computing are dissuaded due to concerns about security.  The Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) released a list detailing the top threats to cloud computing as well as suggested paths to remediation. Many of these threats are easily addressed simply by working with a reputable cloud provider who follows best practices.

Reputable cloud providers are able to offer early detection of new malware deployments and can deliver efficient incident response capabilities. Additionally, cloud users can benefit from the concentration of security expertise and best practices implemented by major cloud providers.

Just as cost benefits are increased by economy of scale, security benefits are also derived by pooling resources — a public cloud is a good example of this.  A public cloud provides SMBs with security resources they couldn’t otherwise afford.

Security measures are less expensive when implemented on a larger scale. Simply put, you get better protection for less money when you get together with other businesses. This includes defensive measures such as filtering, patch management, timeliness of response to incidences, threat management, hardening of virtual machine instances and hyper visors, hardware and software redundancy, strong authentication, etc. Unlike many individual SMBs, reputable cloud providers can afford to hire specialists to deal with security threats and the benefits of a “specialist on your side” get passed onto cloud customers in many ways.

Due to the flexibility of cloud computing, a cloud provider has ability to dynamically reallocate resources for defensive purposes when an attack is likely or is taking place. Security updates on a cloud can be rolled out much more rapidly than updating across a traditional platform.

Finally, since many cloud customers make their purchasing decisions based on the reputation of the provider, there is a strong motivator for cloud providers to improve their security practices. In order for cloud providers to remain competitive, they must remain on the cutting edge of security best practices.

It is the responsibility of your IT partner to know which cloud providers are most reputable and which ones employ best practices. ACE IT Solutions only works with reputable cloud providers who adhere to best practices and employ robust security measures.

Need help moving your business to the cloud? Contact our experts, we’ll evaluate your current IT structure and business needs and can suggest and deploy a cloud computing platform that meets your businesses’ goals and budget.

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