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Can Cloud Based Tools Help with Good Security Hygiene?

One of the primary concerns that new users of a cloud based solution often have is cybersecurity. After all, how can keeping your information be safer than in a physical location? In fact, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Even if your organization hasn’t fully migrated to the cloud, many cloud based tools can still improve your overall cybersecurity regimen.

What are cloud based tools?

A cloud based application is any software solution that is stored online, rather than in a physical, on-site server.  Organizations turn to cloud based solutions for everything from storing their entire infrastructure to single application solutions, like easy document sharing. In today’s remote environment, organizations turn to the cloud because it makes it easy to share information regardless of physical location.

When cloud based software is for a single solution, rather than an organization’s entire infrastructure, it’s often offered in the subscription-style payment plan, known as software as a service (or SaaS for short). A cloud based infrastructure, meanwhile, is known as infrastructure as a service (IaaS).

The advantages of the cloud

Enterprises generally turn to cloud based solutions because they allow for flexibility and scalability. Unlike with an on-site server, keeping applications and data in the cloud makes it easy for employees not working in the office to access the tools they need. With many organizations currently working remotely — and the majority planning on maintaining remote operations for the foreseeable future — cloud based solutions look to play a big part in the future plans. According to a July 2020 survey from Gartner, over 80% of businesses that are currently remote plan to allow employees to work from home at least some of the time, even after the COVID-19 pandemic is over.

While the current landscape certainly makes cloud computing a logical choice for organizations, it’s worth noting that these solutions were already commonplace before the pandemic. In fact, according to Flexera’s Right Scale’s 2019 Annual State of the Cloud Report, 94% of enterprises are already using the cloud in some way.  

In addition to added flexibility, cloud computing makes it easy to reorganize your digital infrastructure as you grow. Cloud providers will typically sell customers a certain amount of space, which can be added to as needed. The SaaS model for cloud based solutions, meanwhile, makes it easy to add and drop software as it becomes necessary, with far simpler onboarding than for on-site servers.

Cloud computing and cybersecurity

In addition to added convenience, there’s a lot to like about cloud applications from a cybersecurity perspective. A cloud setup can keep your data dispersed so that a single breach doesn’t mean all of your information is compromised. Storing information in the cloud also takes a significant amount of work off of your IT team’s plate. Much of the day-to-day responsibility for protecting your data ultimately falls to your cloud provider, typically a large multinational company with extensive cybersecurity resources. That being said, while a provider is responsible for protecting the data you upload, your organization typically still controls access settings and other cybersecurity protocols. Although some IT professionals may be uncomfortable relinquishing a certain amount of responsibility to a cloud provider, the results tend to speak for themselves.

Reboot-to-restore for the cloud

Whether you’re working with applications that are in-network or in the cloud, Faronics’ patented reboot-to-restore technology allows you to freeze your endpoints to the desired state and restore from unexpected changes with a simple reboot. Users can instantly restart their device to your IT team’s default configuration, removing any unwanted software or third-party changes. This technology can be deployed on remote workstations with just the click of a button.

Faronics also offers all-encompassing endpoint management solutions to address any organization’s security needs. Our Anti-Virus system provides exceptional virus, spyware and rootkit detection, and also includes firewall protection for comprehensive, rock-solid security. Only approved programs are able to go through, and users can easily stop processes from trying to rename file extensions that are known to be set by attacks like ransomware, trojans and zero-day threats.

Now more than ever, your network environment is at risk as employees access sensitive organizational data from home. Avoid costly downtimes and prevent malicious hackers from getting in with Faronics’ wide array of security solutions.

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About The Author

Matt Williams

A self-proclaimed ‘tech geek’, Matt has worked in technology for a decade and divides his time between blogging and working in IT. A huge New York Giants fan, expert on Reboot Restore Technology when not watching football Matt gets his game on playing Call of Duty with his friends and other tech bloggers.

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