In this blog post, we debunk three misconceptions associated with cloud security and compliance. This is a must-read for anyone considering an on-prem-to-cloud migration.
According to a survey, 40% of IT managers believe security and compliance to be deterrents when considering an on-prem-to-cloud migration.
Let’s take a look at three misconceptions surrounding cloud security:
1. On-prem is more secure than cloud
If you have an on-prem environment, you’ll know how convenient it is to get users onto the system. A typical on-prem setup requires nothing more than a single username and password for access.
While convenience is appealing, unfortunately, it is not all it’s cracked up to be. Teams who opt for convenience often miss out on more important factors such as security which in reality, nobody can afford to bypass.
All it takes is a convincing phishing email or hack to make a system vulnerable. Are you really willing to risk your internal data, code and more importantly your customers’ data?
Atlassian’s zero-trust approach involves security checkpoints for every user and tool. Systems verify identity and device credentials and act as security gates between each tool. This means that if a hacker gets hold of a single login, the damage they can do is limited by the permissions and tools they can access.
2. Security cloud vendors don’t prioritise security in the same way IT teams do
Time was flagged as a hindrance to the prioritisation of security by 48% of developers. This may come as a surprise to business leaders but 52% also stated their managers didn’t have time to meet with them, raising the question of awareness where business leaders are concerned in regards to the security disconnect.
With the right cloud vendor, the fear of a lack of security prioritisation disappears. With rigorous testing, disaster recovery plans, and encryption in transit and at rest, among other best practices, Atlassian as a cloud provider scores highly. Patches and updates are released as they’re available, which means users are always operating on the most secure version of cloud tools. Regardless of size or user tier, every customer has access to Atlassian’s enterprise-grade security. Atlassian has spent millions to make sure it’s airtight, and have confirmed that it will be a continued priority. This frees teams that find themselves dividing focus between security and other issues in-house by enabling them to devote their time to providing support.
3. My teams aren’t using cloud yet
The average organisation uses around 1,200 cloud applications and 98% of these are Shadow IT. Shadow IT is unadministered tech tools which employees seek without the knowledge of IT. This means that these applications are not safeguarded. Unsurprisingly, it was predicted that by the end of 2020, 1/3 of all successful attacks on companies would be achieved through Shadow IT.
A staggering 97% of IT pros stated that employees are more productive when they use their preferred tools so it is clear to see why many employees choose to take matters into their own hands. The reason they opt for cloud tools is that they improve productivity, speed, collaboration, and results.
As Gartner stated, ‘It’s not a question of whether or not you should use the cloud; it’s a question of whether your employees have the tools they need to use the cloud securely.’
If you were a believer in any of the myths we’ve uncovered in this post, we’ve hopefully cleared things up for you. If you’re considering migrating to cloud and joining the whopping 94% of businesses who noted improvements in security following cloud migrations, then talk to us. Increased profits, productivity, performance, scalability, and innovation are just some of the added benefits you will enjoy. Contact us by clicking the button below.