Busting the Myths of Data Security in the Cloud: Part 2

By Rick Scurfield, President, NetApp APAC




With the boom in connected devices, businesses are tapping on a source of data that could release a wealth of insights on its customers and the challenges they face every day. To manage this explosion of data generation, the cloud offers the compute power and scale needed to manage big data solutions. However, many businesses still hesitate migrating to the cloud as there are some perceptions that they will be more exposed to security breaches.


In this second installment of the cybersecurity blog series, I will uncover some common myths about data security in the cloud.


Myth 1: You lose control of your data when you store it in the cloud


This is not necessarily true. By moving your data out of your physical premises, you can still be in control. In fact, having physical access does not protect you from data breaches. As long as the right people are granted the right level of authorization to access the information, not having it on premises should not be a cause for anxiety. In matters of data sovereignty, businesses can take a more open and integrated approach by going hybrid. Sensitive data can still rest with the company or on private clouds while the analysis of data can happen on public clouds – a seamless data management system is crucial though to manage the efficient movement of data across a hybrid cloud system.


Businesses will rid their IT teams of the unnecessary time spent in dealing with hardware problems, allowing them to allocate their resources and skills to better suit the business needs. They will have more time to focus on more pressing issues such as preparing for other technological threats and compliance management.


Myth 2: If data is not stored on-premises, it does not belong to your company anymore


There are some checks that can be made to ensure data is accessible in all environments. Trusting your cloud service provider is one of the most important things because they are the ones giving you access to your information. Check in with your service provider and ensure that you can claim all of the data that you are going to put in, before you put it in. You want to make sure you can retrieve all your data and that no one will be in violation of any regulations or legal standards.


Myth 3: You will not be able to detect security issues early or fix them immediately


This is a common misperception. The cloud updates automatically, giving your organization the latest security technology, ensuring the safety of your data. The cloud identifies problems early so companies can take measures to ensure their data stays protected. Traditionally, in-house IT teams can take up a considerable amount of time to detect and fix problems, but with instant problem recognitions and the newest security software, there will be a must faster problem turn-around time.


The start to a secure IT system as outlined in the first part of this blog series is choosing a trusted cloud service provider. For the final installment of this series, stay tuned for my thoughts on finding the right cybersecurity solution for your organizational needs.


Data Fabric is NetApp’s vision for the future of data management. It gives you the freedom to seamlessly manage your data across the hybrid cloud. You can move data where you need it most, innovate faster, and always make the best decisions for you and your organization.

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