One of the main aspects considered by companies for the adoption of cloud computing is related to security, despite the undeniable cost savings that the cloud can offer. The risks associated with data protection weigh heavily on the decision to migrate the entire operation to a public cloud or remain in a proprietary data center.

This is a natural concern, since the responsibility for protecting customers against any type of threat or security incident is primarily the responsibility of the companies that provide the cloud service.

On the other hand, protecting the information of all customers is also a priority for cloud providers. Can you imagine the impact to the business if a data breach occurs? The consequences could hit every hosted business.

investments in security

In a survey carried out in 2016 with 200 IT managers, it was revealed that for 51% of respondents the concern for security was an impediment to the adoption of a public cloud; 40% claimed that the concern was linked to service instability and 33% pointed out that costs prevented them from adopting cloud computing solutions.

Today, reality already shows that adopting cloud computing as an infrastructure, including for high availability and critical systems, is a much safer and more economical solution than adopting your own data center.

High availability and security are priority items for those who provide cloud services, which is why high investments are made in areas such as infrastructure, tools, compliance and staff training.

Still in the survey carried out, 51% of IT managers say that data security is better in the cloud than in their own data centers and 58% said that the public cloud presents itself as a more secure, flexible and cost-effective solution for their organizations.

An example that portrays trust with cloud computing services can be seen in the investment made by the US Intelligence Agency (CIA); the agency closed a US$ 600 million contract to use cloud services with AWS.

Use of compliance and governance policies

The adoption of best practices and security recommendations is also part of the investments made by companies that provide public cloud, as is done by AWS , which has certifications such as PCI-DSS, FedRAMP and HIPAA , both certifications provided by the US federal government, meeting thus compliance requirements.

Still following the example of AWS, in addition to having a complete infrastructure that guarantees high availability and security, Amazon has procedures, tools and specialists dedicated to maintaining all the necessary security requirements for a safe environment, avoiding incidents as much as possible, all associated low investment by customers.

Another important point in this comparison between cloud computing and datacenter is the impact on organizations in terms of incident monitoring and security testing. It is necessary to highlight the high cost of keeping up-to-date in the face of frequent threats of invasion and carrying out security validation processes applied to infrastructure and software, when hosted in a proprietary data center.

To finalize this comparison, it is interesting to highlight that only the use of the structure provided by the public cloud will not be the guarantee of security for a company that carried out the migration, it is necessary to plan to use all this technology and implement good security practices in the software they make. part of the business solution.

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