There’s little doubt the impact the internet has had on the way we do business in the last thirty years. From online e-commerce shops to email, browsing for information, or firms that rely almost entirely on the web to deliver their services, the internet has completely transformed the modern business landscape. Indeed, these days, it’s almost impossible to think of a company that doesn’t use internet services to at least some degree in its day-to-day operations.
However, it’s worth remembering the web is still very much in its infancy. While it has matured tremendously (particularly in the last ten or so years with improved coding, tech, and connection speeds), we should still consider the internet as being at the start of a very long journey.
What is cloud computing?
The way we use the internet is still evolving, and innovations will continue developing and changing the online landscape. One such emerging tech is that of cloud-based computing and Cloud Virtual Private Networking (Cloud VPN).
In essence, you can think of cloud computing as any computer resource used remotely, most commonly over the internet – anything from the delivery of databases to storage and software operated on remote machines. Firms typically buy a package of online services (most commonly paid monthly) from a cloud service provider, allowing them to pull on resources far more powerful and capacious than they normally have access to.
How does the cloud offer greater security?
Cybercrime is an ever-present problem online today, but cloud services can offer increased security in several different ways, including (but not limited to):
Increased security for data: Cybercriminals these days operate increasingly sophisticated ways to gain access to corporate networks. Indeed, even the tactics used by hackers are evolving and becoming considerably harder to protect against. However, by using cloud-based security measures, you can bring greater protection to your sensitive data. Indeed, cloud providers normally run security software remotely over your network while also taking regular backups and operating specific security protocols to protect data while it’s in transit (such as the VPN solution mentioned earlier). These are measures that would normally be beyond the scope of many companies (particularly smaller firms) trying to run their own network in-house.
Compliance with strict regulations: Cloud computing companies adhere to strict regulatory compliance measures to protect their customers’ data. Moreover, all run internal software and hardware checks plus operate cutting-edge antivirus, antimalware, and other scanning software to identify and isolate possible problems in their service structure – often addressing weaknesses and preventing attacks before they even happen.
Added protection from Distributed Denial of Service attacks: In a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack, hackers launch a sustained and overwhelming flood of traffic onto a server to disrupt its normal services by sending multiple calls to be processed. DDoS attacks are becoming surprisingly common these days – normally against e-commerce sites though no web service can be considered safe, including cloud servers. Cloud providers employ consistent monitoring, absorbing, and scattering techniques to reduce the danger of their machines becoming compromised, thereby adding yet another layer to the security of your data.