Generally speaking, a public cloud is a safer environment than an on premises solution for any business. Public cloud environments have the following security measures in place that ensure the security of your data in the public cloud:
- For a public cloud provider that focuses solely on providing access to cloud-based services, a lot of time and money is spent ensuring the security of that environment so users know their sensitive data is safe. Cyber security isn’t an area where you should be looking to cut corners for a cost savings regardless if you are going with a public cloud infrastructure or any other cloud-based solution.
- A good public cloud environment undergoes regular penetration testing as an act of ongoing security. This helps show the cloud managers where potential gaps in security exist and enable them to close those gaps before hackers can take advantage.
One of the most important factors to look for in judging the security of your public cloud provider is compliance. For businesses that operate within the financial services, healthcare, and government services industries, data storage and security requirements must adhere to HIPAA and SOX guidelines. Any company that handles credit card transactions must ensure that Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) compliance is in place. In these cases, it is not enough for a public cloud provider to tell you they conduct regular security checks. Audit documents must be made available that show regular compliance with security regulations and guidelines.
In the end, a business must decide between using a public cloud, private cloud, or hybrid cloud. Solutions such as CompleteCloud from Avatara offer all the benefits and advantages of a public cloud environment, such as affordable access to data storage and software applications with first-rate security, with the added benefit of the dedicated resources and scalability of a private cloud environment. CompleteCloud can be structured to the precise needs of your business while matching your financial limitations at the same time.
A private cloud environment such as CompleteCloud dedicates all computing resources to your company. Your employees remain productive with access to computing resources from anywhere they can connect to the internet. Best of all, Avatara takes care of security compliance and ensures your resources are consistently online and available for use. You know the benefits of a public cloud. Compare those benefits to your needs and compare the overall value of a public cloud to a private cloud such as CompleteCloud before virtualizing your business operations.