18 July 2011 17:09:57
Though security is often fingered as one of the main obstacles of cloud computing, one expert recently asserted that the cloud can actually enhance data protection practices and make it more difficult for cyber criminals to steal corporate information.
In an interview with eWeek, a prominent security expert said that cloud technology can raise a company's security levels, making malware attempts less threatening.
One of the key features of the cloud is that is it stores information in one remote location, rather than on several devices throughout a company. This means cyber criminals have fewer access points to a business' data. And given the amount of attention most cloud vendors can apply to security, those access points tend to be well protected.
The expert noted that most cyber criminals are motivated by money. However, as cyber security solutions, such as Security-as-a-Service, become more sophisticated, cyber criminals will have to invest more time and resources to steal corporate data, making their endeavors less profitable and, consequently, less worthwhile.
Though many experts now agree that data protection in the cloud is sufficient and often exceeds that on-premise solutions, critics still persist. For example, a recent VentureBeat report identified security and privacy as two major concerns in the cloud.
-McAfee Cloud Security