One of the main aspects considered by companies to adopt cloud computing is related to security, despite the indisputable cost reduction that the cloud can offer. The risks associated with the protection of data weigh on the decision to migrate the entire operation to a public cloud or remain in a data center of its own.

This is a natural concern, since the responsibility for the protection of customers, for any type of threat or security incident, falls mainly to the companies that provide the cloud service.

On the other hand, the protection of all customer information is also a priority for cloud providers. Can you imagine the impact on the business if a data breach occurs? The consequences can reach all hosted companies.

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An investigation carried out in 2016 with 200 IT managers revealed that, for 51% of those interviewed, concern for security prevented the adoption of a public cloud; The 40% stated that the concern was related to the instability of the service, and the 33% felt that the costs prevented the adoption of cloud computing solutions.

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

High availability and security are priority elements for those providing services on the cloud, therefore, large investments are made in areas such as infrastructure, tools, compliance and staff training.

In the same investigation, 51% of IT managers stated 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 economic.

An example that portrays confidence in cloud computing services can be seen in the investment made by the United States Intelligence Agency (CIA), the organization signed a US$600 million contract with AWS to use cloud services.

Use of compliance and governance policies

The adoption of better practices and security recommendations are also part of the investments made by companies that provide a public cloud, such as AWS, which has certifications such as PCI-DSS, FedRAMP and HIPAA, both certifications are delivered by the federal government from EE. UU., for which it complies with compliance requirements.

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

Another important point in this comparison between cloud computing and datacenter is the impact on organizations with respect to the monitoring of incidents and security tests. It is important 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 the infrastructure and the software, when it is housed in its own data center.

To finalize this comparison, it is interesting to highlight that the simple use of the structure provided by the public cloud will not be a 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 that forms part of the solution of the companies.

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