According to research conducted by the Cloud Industry Forum (yes, there is such a thing!), 88% of companies have now adopted some form of cloud computing. But what is cloud computing? Well, it’s where you use software in your browser, rather than having to download it to your computer.
In lots of ways, the increase in use of cloud computing is a wonderful thing. The many benefits of moving to the cloud have been well documented. From flexibility and convenience to reduced downtime and huge cost savings, it’s easy to see why so many businesses have taken the plunge. But as is often the way with the good stuff in life, there are downsides too and this month’s guide takes a closer look.
Cyber-attacks have reached record levels…
The explosive growth of cloud computing has opened the door to a host of cyber attackers, waiting in the wings to capitalise on the inexperience of business owners. One of their favourite ways in is through malware; a malicious form of software with the power to spread through computer systems like a forest fire.
This leaves countless UK businesses as sitting ducks, vulnerable to attack at any time despite investing in what they thought was a secure new system. The really scary thing is that malware can go unnoticed for months. Gone are the days when a virus was obvious and caused computer screens to flash, wobble and fill with pop-ups.
Today’s threats are far more insidious, sneaking in under the radar and causing untold damage that nobody knows about until it’s too late. Once this software infiltrates your system, trying to contain and destroy it is impossible on your own. And without strong protocols, a proactive approach and the right support in place, the threat gets closer every day.
A staggeringly low number of cloud providers are offering full protection…
It’s time to face some facts because once hackers infect your system they can move to different hosts within the cloud, using a range of dirty tricks from phishing attacks and password pinching, to recording keyboard movements and good old-fashioned brute force.
Even more alarmingly, reports show that big name software including Microsoft OneDrive and Google Drive were rife with viruses. OneDrive showed a 55% infection rate with Google Drive at 43%. Dropbox and Box weren’t much better, coming in at 33% each.
So, how do you enjoy the benefits of cloud computing without putting yourself and your company at risk? Easy: With bulletproof security that’s constantly protecting you in the background, so you don’t have to think about it!
And, that’s where ITGUY as a professional managed service provider can help! If you’d like to discuss the above in more detail, or have any other IT related questions, please feel free to give us a call on 020 72 41 22 55 or fill out our contact form and we’ll quickly get back to you.