One of the biggest hindrance in way of embracing cloud is data security. In cloud the data is stored in a shared resource pool where the infrastructure is made available to all the users indiscriminately. Since the data is hosted in a virtualized space outside the physical in-house data server it becomes vulnerable to violation if not properly monitored and secured. When cloud offers distinct advantages over traditional in-house IT model it has its share of disadvantages too. Ensuring data security is one of its biggest challenges. Sharing your mission-critical data in a platform that is also shared by your competitors can be annoying.

The cloud security landscape however is changing fast with more and more service providers upgrading their services to meet changing customer demands. As an emerging trend acceptance for cloud based security-as-a-service is also growing among users. 

As things are unfolding avoiding cloud advantages will be difficult for enterprises even with exhaustive IT infrastructure. If you don’t upgrade yourself to cloud now you’d soon find yourself outdated. However, adopting cloud without assessing its threats is also not desirable from organization’s perspective. A careful evaluation therefore of the security threats that your data on cloud gets exposed to should make an essential part of your cloud adoption strategy.

Your assessment of cloud data security must begin with evaluating cloud computing service providers. The popularity of cloud has encouraged cloud service providers of every kind to offer a varied degree of virtualization solutions. The security solutions offered by cloud vendors also vary widely depending upon the infrastructural background of the service provider.

You must ensure that the data stored in cloud is always encrypted using the latest encryption technique. The service must ensure that the data is encrypted both in transition and in store.

Security-as-a-service has become a growing industry. The security services are rendered over the internet across the cloud platform. This has allowed many small businesses to take advantage of advanced security solutions available on multi-tenant platform.

The global IT scenario is changing fast and along with, hackers are inventing newer techniques to breach the security layers. With licensed products it can be difficult to deal with the latest security threats. On the other hand, cloud has allowed a platform where you can scan and compare any malicious attack against malware database for unknown software.

The advantage of cloud is it is constantly monitored. As a result, any malicious attack gets reported and fixed at the earliest.