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Is the Cloud More Secure Than My Data Center? – Tech Tip for January 8, 2020

While the Cloud continues to be widely adopted by businesses around the world, there are still many misconceptions about how the Cloud works, what it costs, and whether it’s truly secure. This month, we aim to debunk some of the most common cloud computing myths to set the records straight.

For our first myth this week, we are tackling the misconception that your cloud data is less secure than data stored on-premises.

Gartner reports that “[T]he security posture of major cloud providers is as good as or better than most enterprise data centers and security should no longer be considered a primary inhibitor to the adoption of public cloud services.” That means that there is no real reason to distrust cloud security. In fact, through 2020, Gartner predicted that security breaches in public cloud infrastructure as a service (IaaS) workloads will suffer at least 60% fewer security incidents than those in traditional data centers.

Why is the Cloud more secure? 

If you have an on-premise environment, you’re the one responsible for security. But with cloud computing, cloud providers have a dedicated team of IT specialists that make sure you have the best security protection. Your data is also better protected from physical damage caused by natural disasters.

While you might subconsciously think your data is safer when it’s physically closer to you, having everything stored locally on-premises makes it easier for malicious insiders and hackers to gain access. And according to Inc., 73% of companies are not prepared for a cyberattack.

Alternatively, cloud providers store your data on servers around the world that are guarded and protected 24×7. And your data is being backed up in case of a disaster so that you will never suffer from data loss.

If you’re interested in learning more about the future of cloud security, check out Gartner’s full report