There’s something of a debate going on right now between different factions in the realm of business data security.
On the one side, you’ve got those who are in favor of cloud security and want to move all pertinent data to the cloud. They argue in favor of its ability to reduce hardware and upgrade costs, and the necessity of outsourcing server space, and they add that cloud providers are able to dedicate more time and effort towards keeping company information safe. These people often utilize cloud-based services like Salesforce and similar CRM/CMS companies to protect and organize information.
On the other side there are those who point out that IT security has had enough time to be honed and improved upon, and that it’s always better to keep your data in your own possession. Thankfully, despite what proponents on both sides might believe, this doesn’t have to be a lady-or-tiger choice of one or the other.
With cloud security Businesses are finding that adopting a hybrid solution-one that takes advantage of benefits from both sides-may be the best way to go. Here’s why:
1. You should play to your company’s strengths
A company’s security is only as good as those who are in charge of it. As such, no one understands your company’s security situation better than you do. So, when you think about data security, what points seem to come up wanting? Where are your biggest security weaknesses? What are your strengths? Are you concerned about onsite data-theft, or do you fear the possibility of an outside cyber-attack? How well do your employees follow basic data-security protocols? Do you have a bring-your-own-device policy implemented to guard against mobile threats ?
If you have a single area which would be better suited for cloud security, and another area which should really be handled by your own trusted IT department, then by all means don’t be afraid to mix it up a little bit. Every business is different, so your best bet is to become familiar with the strengths and weaknesses of your IT department and the cloud, and then decide which direction would be best for which aspects of your business.
2. Not all data is created equal
While you’re becoming acquainted with your IT department, take some time to learn the difference between the different kinds of data that you need to store. See, while some of your data (such as customer and employee personal information) may be vitally important and at high risk of being targeted by cybercriminals. Other data (such as publicly available information) isn’t really of much worth to anyone else.
The key is to identify which data is which, and then to store the more valuable data in your own servers under the watchful eyes of your IT department. The rest of the data (which will probably make up a large majority of your overall data), can then be stored in the cloud without fear of it being compromised. This solution will not only allow you to feel secure, knowing that your most sensitive data is safely under your own protection, but it will also save you money by allowing you an offsite storage solution for all the other important data that isn’t as high-risk.
3. Even remote security begins at home
Even those of you who would rather not have to deal with data storage at all, and who would prefer to just let the cloud take care of all of your data security needs, it’s important to retain a well-trained IT department. Why is this? Well, because whether the data is onsite or offsite, it will still be the employees of the company who access it, which could potentially create a weak link in your security. A knowledgeable IT staff will not only smooth the transition to cloud-based data storage, but they will also be able to assist other employees in making sure that the new system is being used, and used correctly .
So, it’s time to stop debating which is better, and start accepting that both may be necessary for the safety of your data. By relying on both IT and cloud security, you’ll be able to improve performance while still cutting costs, which is something that champions on both sides of the argument can agree is worth working towards. After all, IT and cloud security aren’t oil and water; with a bit of effort, they mix just fine.