Is security an obstacle to using to the cloud?

Should you use the cloud or not? That is no longer the central question for many companies. The challenge is to determine the suitable business processes for the cloud and those that are better kept in-house. Of course, secure access to cloud applications must always remain a priority.

Most organizations are well aware of the benefits of cloud services.
Employees can work independently of location and time. There is no more need to invest in their own hardware and software, and you pay for actual use. You can easily expand or downsize and you need less technical know-how.

A mass switch to the cloud
No wonder companies are switching to the cloud en masse. The changeover is no longer merely for storage and back-up, with the odd application. Companies are purchasing network services and infrastructure as services (IaaS), and they are using more applications in the form of Software as a Service (SaaS). Consider ERP and HRM systems. Every organization has its own pace for migrating various related components to the cloud in phases.

What should or shouldn’t you move to the cloud?
One cannot say that every application is suitable for migration to the cloud. In some cases it is simply unnecessary. There is no need for global access to highly specific business applications that only serve to keep a production unit running. And migration to the cloud is undesirable for certain applications. Those that process extremely privacy-sensitive data are good examples here.

A private cloud offers more control
That said, matters such as privacy and security are generally set up well in the cloud. The major cloud providers can no longer afford to omit proper handling of these issues. And there is always the option to look at each activity and decide whether you want to migrate it to a public or private cloud. For example, many organizations focus their current office automation in the public cloud and parts such as accounts or client data in a private cloud. A private cloud involves using your own virtual infrastructure in your own data centre or one hosted for you by a cloud provider. You do not share that cloud environment with others, so your data is completely protected. This option offers more security and control.

Secure access to cloud applications
No matter advanced your company is with working in the cloud, you have to deal with the consequences for access. An increasing number of employees use your organization’s cloud services. They connect from a wide range of locations and with various devices. That is why it is important to ensure that they can do so in a fast but, above all, secure way.
That is a big challenge. When using cloud services, employees connect directly to the Internet, and there is no more need for a VPN to do that. But that means they are not, or hardly, protected against Internet threats. It is vital to have a solution that allows you to track down such threats before they reach your network.

Extra security layer
Cisco Umbrella is a cloud security platform that guarantees all your users secure access to the Internet. This solution protects your network on the DNS server. DNS servers convert the IP address of a website into a recognizable domain name. In fact, 99% percent of all cyber attacks use DNS to distribute malware such as ransomware. Cisco Umbrella offers you a solution that blocks those DNS requests before they get a chance to spread using the Internet. The platform gains insight into malicious domains so fast that it is able to block threats before they reach your network.
Even if you already have a firewall and/or endpoint security, Cisco Umbrella creates yet another extra layer in your security setup. The platform is easy to implement. A comprehensive dashboard shows you analyses and reports clearly. This guarantees you safe access to the Internet and your cloud applications.

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