Published on May 6th, 2017 | by Diogo Costa1
The Way Cloud Security Works
Data security and information integrity are the primary concerns for people not familiar with Cloud Computing. Its omnipresence provides simple remote access, but when outsourcing their infrastructure, people accustomed to having physical access to their servers may feel uncomfortable.
To protect and secure sensitive information, companies offering cloud computing services have developed a series of methods that prevent unauthorized access. These methods are typically divided into two parts: physical security and logical security.
The physical security aspect concerns server installations, which are the responsibility of the company providing the cloud platform. This involves keeping the temperature of the room at a low level (in order to avoid machine overheating), having an alternative power source, and allowing only authorized employees to enter the server rooms. These companies also need to periodically perform backups, so that data can be recovered if necessary.
To take care of the logical security, one of the techniques used is user authentication, consisting of login and password, which are changed periodically – in some cases, a security code such as a personal identification number (PIN) is also established. Another method is to establish an administrator user, who authorizes or limits the data that others can view, edit, and share. There is also the possibility of encrypting the data, which can be decoded only by authorized personnel.
By uniting a quality physical structure with efficient logical security measures, the chances of putting the applications and data at risk diminish considerably. Quite often, cloud computing is safer than storing data on local servers simply because there is a specialized company designated to take care of these aspects.
One such cloud service provider that emphasizes data security is BlackMesh. Complying with industry standards like FedRAMP and FISMA for government, PCI for finance, and HIPAA for healthcare, BlackMesh offers a vast array of secure hosting platforms to a variety of industries. By complying with these standards, this leader in cloud-based solutions meets specific security and regulatory needs of these markets.
Coupling security and compliance with on-demand U.S.-based support, BlackMesh is able to provide customers with cloud services that help them lower costs, accelerate growth, and improve productivity, while maintaining security as its top priority.
Despite still causing doubts in some people’s minds, cloud computing and storage is actually quite safe. Chances are, with time, it will become the norm across all major industries and fields. With this knowledge, organizations and agencies should consider adopting cloud services as soon as possible to prevent themselves from falling behind the competition and even remaining vulnerable to security threats.