Cloud computing has struggled to gain acceptance since its inception, with many peddling one of the greatest IT myths out there – that the cloud is less secure than on-premise installations.
A recent study of IT professionals from BT found that almost half of its respondents were “very or extremely anxious” about the security implications surronding the cloud and its services. And 41 per cent believed that all cloud-based services are “inherently insecure” – is this a fair cop or an unfair statistic against cloud computing?
There are plenty of pros and cons to using cloud services within the media industry and, quite simply, the cloud is as safe as the security measures used to protect it.
High profile cloud hacking scandals have blown out of all proportion the notion that cloud computing does not offer adequate levels of protection. Security threats can, and will, never be completely eliminated but cloud computing has improved its worth by introducing a range of preventative network measures, including adding protection for user accounts and IP security protocols.
Businesses may not be aware of such improvements in cloud security such as the increased investment in security procedures and improvements in the underlying technologies.
One such technology is the introduction of the PCI DSS security standards, which were spearheaded by the financial and retail industries to improve the online activities specific to these industries, such as accessing e-banking or e-commerce accounts.
Make it ‘people proof’
Procedures and technology are not the only factors to consider – the people using the cloud are its biggest security risk. The combination of stringent security measures to cover your cloud network and user accounts is essential. One without the other simply leaves the virtual doors open to attacks.
Tools such as encryption and multi-factor authentication are necessary, but so is assessing the reliability and security of a third party.
There is also a need to educate users about your cloud service with a user agreement detailing the measures they can put in place to protect their data. Strong passwords are an obvious choice and encryption tools can help with your security.
Here at Imagen Ltd, we understand the cloud, its capabilities and the opportunities it offers to businesses. That’s why our flagship product, Imagen Enterprise Video Platform, is available as an onsite installation or as a secure cloud-based service – we use Microsoft Azure as the backbone for ImagenEVP. But we didn’t just choose Azure because it’s made by a big-name supplier – there are lots of other reasons why it’s the best fit for us.
We also understand how to ‘people proof’ our software and give you the ability to completely control who can access your media assets. Click here to contact one of our team to find out more.