The Security Benefits of Cloud Computing

5 June 2023

The emergence of cloud computing solutions has reshaped the digital landscape in recent years. Australian organisations across all industries have moved their digital storage to the cloud to unlock a range of tangible benefits.

So, what are the main advantages of moving to the cloud?

One of the most obvious advantages of cloud computing is its scalability. Additional storage space can be purchased via increments as required, quickly, and at a cost-effective rate. If projects are undertaken that require additional storage space, they can be seamlessly added to an existing cloud agreement. For seasonal businesses that downsize during a quiet period of the year, cloud plans can be reduced as required.   

Cloud computing largely eliminates the need for physical servers. This allows companies to either reduce the size of their data centre or eliminate it completely. Fewer servers mean that fewer resources are required. A found that cloud storage saves up to 93% of energy compared to a traditional internal data centre storage facility.  

Reputable cloud computing partners will provide encryption options as part of their service offerings. This adds an extra layer of security protection to your data while it is both stored and in transit.    

Safe from physical damage:
Data that has been saved on physical hard drives are susceptible to physical harm, whether the threat be fire, flood, earthquake, or a break-in to the premises. If data is lost to such an incident, it can only be replaced if it has been backed up to another location, ideally the cloud.

Cloud services are generally situated in fortress-like compounds, protected by armed guards, razor wire, and the very latest in security systems and protocols. Unless an organisation is prepared to invest in similar levels of security, it will be at a disadvantage and more vulnerable to physical threats.      

Regular daily backup is one of the best security defences organisations can employ. Ransomware attacks are among the most common form of cybercrime and are designed to freeze or encrypt the targeted entity’s data until a payment is made. Paying cyber criminals is fraught with risk and data is often not returned after a transfer of funds has occurred.

Organisations that have backed up their data to an external location, such as the cloud, cannot be coerced in the same manner. A replication of the hacked data can be readily accessed, thus largely neutralising this threat, and disempowering cyber criminals. While most organisations recognise the importance of data backup, attention needs to be placed on the storage location and the separation that is in place.      

Modern workplace applications:
The use of cloud computing plays a significant role in the provision of modern workplace solutions that allow employees to save and share files from anywhere. Cloud solutions allow easier collaboration on projects that require contributions from multiple team members who may be separated by oceans and time zones. This has been a huge pull factor during the pandemic when working from home became the norm in many industries.

If you would like more information about the security, scalability, and sustainability implications of embracing cloud-based solutions, contact us today.    

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