Cloud Security: Public Or Private, It’s Getting Better

Cloud Security: Public or Private, It’s Getting Better

It’s the tale as old as time: manifold businesses and organizations hesitate to relocate their most important cloud programs from their private data centers into the more spacious public cloud sphere, out of fear that they’ll jeopardize security and protection in the move. Oftentimes articles will endeavor to rewire these professionals’ thinking about the public cloud, enlighten them to the advantages of making that switch and its potential assets to an enterprise. Yet this article seeks to — gasp! — work with private cloud stalwarts, as well as public cloud champions, on their own terms. For no matter which you feel more comfortable with, security measures have been vastly ameliorated and made more flexible by innovations in one important cloud process: automated functionality.

The majority of security issues in the cloud are understandably generated by some human foible. If cloud systems simply employed a much larger array of automated capacities, such as in regards to the orientation and structure of servers, security would therefore be mightily improved as a consequence. Such a focus on automating the system streamlines operational costs, preempts abnormalities that may encourage a security issue, and heightens enterprises’ practical nimbleness. Obviously not every cloud enterprise will gel seamlessly with every automated server available. However, investing work into locating the ideal match could result in an optimal realignment and maintenance of the operating system, database, and myriad other essential components.

And such meticulous attention to the state of one’s cloud system, with a focus on economizing, can translate into improved data protection. Conducting a full scale assessment of the cloud applications run in an operating system and ensuring that what is on the computers matches what is on the official bookkeeping records can improve a cloud-savvy enterprise at least twofold. Not only would this exercise (greatly facilitated by an asset discovery program or tool) will either prevent or forestall duplication and obsolescence of applications, but it would also provide security personnel with a tighter grasp on the applications and services that require attention to protection measures.

No panacea yet exists to cure every cloud enterprise’s concern with security. Admittedly, keeping track of the latest in protection possibilities in cloud is an almost-full time endeavor. (Read PC World’s dynamic article on the subject here.) However, our rightful fixation on the security conversation continues to inspire companies to take a chance and enter the fray. The more organizations who trust their applications to run in the cloud, the sooner concern over protection will be match with smoother cloud management tools and services.

By Jeff Norman

About Jeff Norman

Jeff Norman is a freelance writer currently based in New York City. He's moved into writing about cloud computing from substantial work in culture and the arts. He earned his undergraduate degree in English at Stanford and has studied at Oxford and Cambridge.

View All Articles

Sorry, comments are closed for this post.

Smart Umbrellas – Wearable, Portable and Stayable

Smart Umbrellas – Wearable, Portable and Stayable

They automatically open when it starts to rain. A rising tide lifts all boats. What does a deluge do? Lifts everything, docks, piers, boats and anyone standing in the way. IoT post the Consumer Electronic Show is no longer a rising tide it is a deluge. You can avoid a rising or surge tide unless…

Here Are Four Ways To Elevate IT

Here Are Four Ways To Elevate IT

Here Are Four Ways To Elevate IT Prior to joining the consulting side of the industry, I worked in corporate IT for the first 7-8 years of my career. While my time in corporate IT has long come to a close, I can still vividly recall the pain points and dreaded battles I endured. A…

How Will The Internet of Things Affect The Business World?

How Will The Internet of Things Affect The Business World?

Internet of Things and the Business World? Experts predict that by 2020, the Internet of Things will have a market greater than $1 Trillion, yet despite it being the new buzzword, many people have no idea how this predicted revolution will shape the business world. We’ve all heard predictions of various appliances with sensors, wearable…

Encrypting Your Cloud Data For Extra Protection

Encrypting Your Cloud Data For Extra Protection

Encrypting Your Cloud Data Encrypting data is one of the best ways of protecting your data as it moves to the cloud. The only thing better than encrypting your data, is not storing your data at all. Let’s first look at the case of using file sharing applications such as Dropbox. If you are the…

Personal Space And The Internet of Things (IoT)

Personal Space And The Internet of Things (IoT)

The Internet of Things (IoT) There is a long time concept of the personal area network or PAN. For all intent and purposes this is the maximum distance a Bluetooth device can move away from the host and still be functional. As I read the many wonderful pieces on the explosion of IoT and wearable…

IoT Rapid Expansion Throughout The World

IoT Rapid Expansion Throughout The World

IoT Rapid Expansion Cyber Physical Systems (CPS) are a nomenclature used to define the world beyond IoT devices. CPS includes the robotic and automation systems that interact with the IoT devices. Based on that changing landscape I have come to realize that CPS and by default IoT devices actually have three distinct concerns. The three…

Protecting Devices From Data Breach: Identity of Things (IDoT)

Protecting Devices From Data Breach: Identity of Things (IDoT)

How to Identify and Authenticate in the Expanding IoT Ecosystem It is a necessity to protect IoT devices and their associated data. As the IoT ecosystem continues to expand, the need to create an identity to newly-connected things is becoming increasingly crucial. These ‘things’ can include anything from basic sensors and gateways to industrial controls…

CloudTweaks is recognized as one of the leading influencers in cloud computing, infosec, big data and the internet of things (IoT) information. Our goal is to continue to build our growing information portal by providing the best in-depth articles, interviews, event listings, whitepapers, infographics and much more.

Advertising