02 July 2018 | Jason Choy
Jason Choy, co-founder of global security firm Welcome Gate, explains how we should put more trust in cloud security.
Trusting the storage of your most sensitive data to somewhere beyond your four walls used to be unthinkable, but perceptions of cloud security have changed this.
Many organisations have realised their core business isn't managing IT infrastructure, so they're outsourcing storage of non-core and even critical data.
"a year ago, there were just two cloud-based security products; now there are up to 20 for businesses to consider"
Security systems were also traditionally hosted locally but now it makes sense to migrate this to the cloud. Here are some of the reasons why;
- No more installation frustrations: Once, if an IT manager needed a security system, software would be installed on their PC or a server, giving them another application to keep in mind when they rolled out updates and security patches. With a cloud-based system, all they need to do is open their internet browser and log in.
- Single sign-on revolution: Lots of applications used by companies are also cloud-based, from Microsoft products and email to CRM to accounting software, so controlling identity access to these applications has become challenging for IT departments. With single sign-on technology, IT departments have greater control over who has access.
- Security as a service: If you're a scaling company, why have a traditional fixed security system? As your business grows, your system can grow with you.
- Apple is taking over: Most security systems used to require a Windows environment in which to operate. But a lot of tech firms now use Macs. This limits the types of systems available, or means you have to buy a dedicated machine to run the system. With cloud-based security solutions you can operate your system using Macs or anything with a web browser; a year ago, there were just two cloud-based security products; now there are up to 20 for businesses to consider.
Jason Choy is co-founder of global security firm Welcome Gate.