The shortest answer is – yes! Every cloud-based business needs a fool-proof cloud security setup to ensure their business stays uninterrupted. Cloud is a hot investment for enterprises due to its ability to maximize productivity and minimize IT spend. But when security breaches eat-up most part of the investment, cloud’s highlight factors tumble down to zilch. In fact, without proper security, the very use of cloud becomes questionable.
Having said that, cloud cost management is only the tip of a giant iceberg. With sophisticated and advanced security threats surfacing every day, organizations require ‘continuous’ cloud security to prevent hacker sharks lurking on the dark side from invading their cloud.
But before we delve into ‘why’ businesses need Managed Cloud Security Services, we need to understand what makes it imperative. Let’s look at the top cloud security concerns faced by enterprises today. According to Statista, the top security threats faced by businesses are reportedly:
• Data loss and leakage (69%)
• Data privacy/confidentiality (66%)
• Accidental exposure of credentials (44%)
And there is more! Manually watching these security breaches is not only time-consuming and unproductive but also practically impossible. But thanks to automation, continuous security monitoring is possible without the need for human intervention, and an experienced cloud security managed services provider will be able to setup automated security monitoring and provide 24/7 technical support as backup.
What is Cloud Security Managed Services?
Cloud Security Managed Services, often known as Managed Cloud Security Services is part of the broader Cloud Managed Services wing and takes care of an organization’s security monitoring, reporting, and technical support, usually backed by a dedicated team provided by the service provider.
Cloud security managed services often include intrusion detection, monitoring the company’s VPN (Virtual Private Network), firewall management, anti-virus configuration and periodic vulnerability testing.
Why are businesses hesitant to use Cloud Security Managed Services?
Though Cloud security services aid internal teams to focus on vital business functions than on securing cloud data, most enterprises are still hesitant to subscribe to it due to information confidentiality and data privacy concerns.
“22% of organizations assess their cloud security posture manually, which not only drains security resources, but also leaves room for human error in their assessments.” (Source: Expert Insights)
Internally managing cloud security has other concerns as well. Staffing, infrastructure set-up, hardware, software licensing, implementation expenses and management costs are some of the top challenges. Then comes the knowledge and 24/7 technical support requirements to counter when threats like DoS (Denial of Service) or DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) happen.
Cloud Security Managed Services – how does it make a difference?
Truth be told, cyber threats are only one part of the Cloud security challenge. Apart from hacker threats and security breaches, businesses also need to consider security and compliance factors to gain full benefits of the cloud. An experienced Cloud Managed Services provider will not only add value by providing technical and infrastructural support but will also have the necessary knowledge and skills to keep up with the industry changes.
Ensures Governance & Compliance – With industry regulations such as HIPAA, PCI-DSS, GDPR and others policing cloud network security, internal security teams might not have the updated training or experience to keep up with the latest industry requirements. Cloud security managed service providers possess updated knowledge of security and compliance regulations, often with a dedicated team of industry experts.
Prevents security misconfigurations – Internal security staff might compromise network security through misconfigurations if they don’t have the right skill set to diagnose threats. In some cases, malicious files can be tagged as safe exposing the cloud network to hackers. An experienced cloud security service can detect and dissolve such threats, through periodic assessments & tests.
Expertise in multi-cloud administration – Managing multi-cloud environments needs significant expertise, especially while working with different cloud ecosystems and CSPs (Cloud Service Providers). Equipping internal teams with this knowledge requires heavy investment in research, development, and training. With a cloud security service provider, this expertise comes with the team, along with technical support.
In a nutshell, cloud security should ideally be an integral part of every business’ cloud strategy in order to sustain and thrive in today’s cut-throat innovation-centric market. With an experienced cloud security managed service provider, cloud-based businesses can enhance and strengthen their security structure, along with improved productivity, higher performance and bigger cloud savings, to say the least.
ABOUT SECUREKLOUD’S CLOUD SECURITY MANAGED SERVICES
SecureKloud is an industry leading Cloud Managed Services provider, and our Cloud Security Managed Services are counted among the best in the industry. With 400+ cloud projects in our portfolio, championed by 450+ cloud consultants, we have acquired significant knowledge providing end-to-end cloud managed services for different businesses, especially for highly regulated industries.
Being a cloud-born company, SecureKloud has been providing Cloud Managed Services to global brands including F500 companies, for more than a decade.
SecureKloud is a 3rd party Audited Next-Gen AWS MSP Partner, AWS Premier Partner, GCP (Google Cloud Platform) Premier Partner and an ISO 27001 certified cloud service provider.