Single biggest cloud inhibitor is Trust and everyone has a right to choose

Can we trust the cloud?

Often these discussions tend to leave out IaaS, which ironically is the fastest growing cloud service there is.

Gartner says that one of the biggest factors inhibiting cloud adoption is security. I’ll go one step further and say a critical factor acting to block cloud adoption is trust. Security as a business requirement and genuine trust is never blind.

Here is Ron Miller on the subject -

In an interview this weekend with All Things Digital, Google CIO Ben Fried articulated Google’s policy on bringing your own devices and using external cloud services — in short they don’t allow it in most instances because of security concerns.

When discussion cloud storage SaaS companies, Fried told All Things Digital that when users use it in a corporate context, corporate data is being held in someone else’s data center.

This is not an attack on cloud in general. It is easy to interpret it as lack of trust in cloud, but I believe it only says that the company needs more control over the handling and security of how their data is held externally. If the kind of security they need is not offered economically by third party vendors, they have no choice but not to do it themselves.

Not every company can host their own datacenters, but all companies can exert the practically same levels of control by adopting IaaS (with the security characteristics they want).

Helping companies adopt IaaS cloud securely

IaaS is the sweet spot between owning your own datacenters and being powered by cloud. All the advantages and control of owning your datacenter, without all the management of hardware and other datacenter-related things.

A good beginning for any business looking at the cloud is to map the risk points. Where does using the cloud expose you to risk as opposed to the safe environs of your on-premise deployment?

Often these discussions tend to leave out IaaS, which ironically is the fastest growing cloud service there is.

With IaaS, applications are now hosted within your cloud deployment, and you are in full control of data security and data-loss-prevention. Most businesses can comfortably go with almost any reputed IaaS provider like AWS, Azure etc.

Cloud Security and IaaS

Many of our articles go into detail about how to go about securing your IaaS deployments (more than even your datacenter ever was). What we’d like to emphasize here is that awareness of the risks associated with data in transit and data at rest when using IaaS gives your business the ability to trust the cloud as a platform. A great starting point to neutralize those risks is to try to list risks that your datacenter already tackles for you and gain similar security characteristics on your cloud, but using building blocks from the cloud era, not the datacenter era.

For data in transit, CipherGraph delivers you a platform centered around two concepts from the datacenter paradigm – remote access and perimeter security. Together, these traditionally formed the heart of datacenter security – create a secure perimeter around your servers, and allow remote access only through a secure VPN appliance. We’ve reworked those to create virtual appliances that give you datacenter grade security in the cloud with the perimeter security that assures safety of your apps and servers.

Protect your servers, data and data-in-transit

We’ve implemented enterprise-grade features that can be used by any size of business to manage their end-users – Role Based Access Control & Audit, Multi-Factor Authentication, etc. your apps and data-at-rest data benefits from the security of being within a datacenter like firewalled perimeter and access to intranet servers/data (data-in-transit) is securely enabled only for authorized users over our encrypted channel.

We’ve worked very hard to give your business a complete package to secure your IaaS cloud deployments – a package to help you trust cloud and benefit from its incredible power.

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