The migration into public cloud computing is on the rise. Over the past five to ten years, the public cloud has grown on average around 20% year-over-year with a projected growth of 27 percent in 2021. This incredible growth has proven that the public cloud is going to continue to be a major component of today’s businesses. And the value of on-demand cloud computing is apparent. By adopting a cloud model to house production workloads or store backups, businesses can pay for what they use as an operating expenditure, rather than investing in their own data center to support their IT environment.
Cloud Computing Essentials
Let’s spend a bit of time better understanding the value of cloud computing. Until cloud computing, organizations were required to spend tens if not thousands of dollars to build and maintain their own internal data centers. This means making a massive initial capital investment to acquire hardware that may be obsolete in only a few years. These budding cloud providers understood that by bearing the brunt of the upfront costs in data center implementation, they could rent out those services to organizations at a premium. This allows organizations to benefit from low overhead costs and only pay for what they need in terms of cloud computing resources. Furthermore, we’re seeing that organizations are now building production environments within what’s termed a multi-cloud environment, to create resilience and redundancy.
By adopting a multi-cloud cloud footprint, organizations are able to minimize the risk of data loss, such that, in the event of one cloud vendor experiencing an outage, the organization would be unaffected as they’ve created redundancy in another unique cloud environment. These great strides in offering on-demand cloud computing have provided incredible cost-savings to organizations. However, data security, even when the data is in the cloud, still requires an organization to take steps to ensure that security efforts are in line with your needs.
Reasons to Consider Cloud Security
As businesses move their IT and DevOps environments to the cloud, they’re unknowingly taking on a lot of risk by depending on the baked-in security solutions these cloud vendors offer. Common cloud platforms such as Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, or Google Cloud Platform (GCP) all offer specific baked-in security enhancements, even state that these are GDPR and HIPAA compliant. The challenge is, these could platform are really only as safe as you make them. In reality, a standard deployment of a public cloud workload is going to come with inherent security risks that are worth addressing.
Today, cybercriminals are targeting these public cloud workloads as a way to gain access to an organization’s IT environment. Unfortunately, these cloud environments require enhanced security measures and security strategies to harden access management and authentication to enhance security measures limit unauthorized access. To this point, we now see organizations employing dedicated security teams to implement cloud cybersecurity solutions to protect against these growing cyberattacks.
As businesses move to public cloud services, it’s imperative that they have a cybersecurity partner that can help them navigate these technologies. Understandably, migrating to the cloud can feel overwhelming. Whether it’s a concern around the security of IP or customer data, the foreign cost structure, or ensuring compliance; there’s a lot to consider when making such a serious change. This is where Touchstone Security can help. With Touchstone, you’ll have a dedicated cloud security partner every step of the way to help ensure that cloud adoption is seamless, cost-effective, and secure.
Touchstone Security Services
At Touchstone, we offer a variety of services to help our clients adopt a more effective cloud presence in a safe, secure manner. As a Managed Security Services Provider, we focus on helping companies build world-class cybersecurity solutions built on the NIST Cybersecurity Framework. Our 24X7X365 proactive approach to cybersecurity awards our clients the dedicated focus they deserve to confidently adopt new modernized cloud-based solutions.
Built on our dedicated support, we offer the following services to our clients:
- Ransomware Data Recovery
- CI/CD Consulting
- Incidence Response
- Comprehensive Office 365 Protection
- Backup and Disaster Recovery
- Security Awareness Training
At every stage of the data life cycle, whether its initial protection of critical data or recovery after a security event, Touchstone Security Services is here to help.
Next Steps In Cloud Computing
If you’re considering taking the next steps to adopt cloud footprint, or you’re in the process of migrating the cloud and could benefit from the support of a Managed Security Services Provider, consider reaching out to Touchstone Security. Our dedicated team is willing and ready to help at any stage of the cloud migration process.