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The Cloud is Safer Than You Think

Are you wary of adopting cloud technologies for your organization because of security concerns? Well, fears about security should not deter you from implementing cloud systems if due diligence is carried out in selecting a service provider. A panel at the RSA Security Conference agreed that if cloud providers are vetted properly, most enterprise workloads and data are safe. This is contrary to the common misconception that cloud computing isn’t secure enough.

The panelists agreed that enterprises which have already migrated to cloud were satisfied with the level of security. According to Wade Baker, managing principal of research and intelligence at Verizon, the popular belief that the cloud is inherently insecure is not correct. Security mechanisms are at the core of cloud platforms with services built on the top, making them robust and reliable. Moreover, most of the best practices for on-premise security are applicable in the cloud as well.

The exponential growth of cloud computing in the past few years bears testimony to the fact more and more companies are realizing the benefits of Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS), Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), etc., allaying any concerns about security. Cloud computing was an estimated $47.4 billion industry and IDC predicts it to more than double to $107 billion. The cloud’s 23.5% compound annual growth rate is five times faster than that of the broader technology market.

Have you adopted any cloud solutions at your organization? Did you face any security challenges? Do share your experience with us.

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