Cloud computing is the catchword at the moment, with everyone syncing up their gadgets or software through third-party servers. In fact, you may not even need to actively sync anything and you are still using cloud computing by sending or storing data through emails, social networking websites and all. With recent breaches in security in one of the popular public domains, concern over cloud computing is at an all time high. Are they justified, or just paranoia?
It delivers user experience, not vulnerable data
The most important aspect of virtual security is making sure the data doesn’t stray when it goes from one server to another. It is in these inter-server transitions that the data is most vulnerable. But with cloud computing, desktop virtualization ensures you never need to transfer data from server to server. It centralizes all data and application that can be easily accessed from hosted computers or via apps or rich client experience. All the static data is encrypted and the keys to decryption never leave the data center. With desktop virtualization, the data can be accessed from multiple points, so there is no need to download and hoard your computer with removable media anymore. Wherever you are, whichever gadget you are using, cloud computing brings all your data to you without losses or leaks.
Endpoint security: A new look
Unfortunately, traditional endpoint security is not possible anymore. Cyber attackers are too fast and too adaptable. This has affected antivirus softwares and their utilities. It is nearly impossible to update a centralized attack file with millions of endpoints that each antivirus software forms. But most Antivirus software companies have realized and they have now started using cloud computing. After each login, the VM makes sure it has returned to its original state, so that attackers cannot find any leverage in the system or software. There is still a lot of improvement required in the field of cloud computing antivirus. Large scale integration of in-hypervisor threats and client-side and server-side virtualization is required. Hopefully, the transition from the traditional blacklisting to the new ‘whitelisting’ endpoint security will gain momentum.
DoS attackers blocked
Data security is most fallible under the circumstances of a denial-of server attack. For this, you need exercise a lot of perimeter control. The largest cloud service providers have enough defense resources that will protect your data better than anything you can use to make your data center safer by your limited resources.
All these arguments show that Cloud computing is actually safer than other conventional methods of static storage of data. Just think about it: when your information is in a cloud, it is never restricted to one server. But it is also worth mentioning that safety of cloud computing heavily depends on the security measures of the third-party servers. If they have tight security, you have nothing to worry about. However, if there is some negligence in encrypting or safeguarding on their part then this trustworthy mode of computing becomes a portal of information leak.
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