Ask any system administrator today, and we will hear from them that attempts from unknown outside parties infiltrating their systems are happening on a daily basis. Yes, guys welcome to the 21st-century corporate computing era. We live in a world where cyber warfare is raging globally, between nations, between firms and between groups and individuals. Even open source tools are available for anyone to try to scan the Internet for vulnerable devices out there connected without reliable protection. Unfortunately, there is no direct answer, those players in the cyber warfare global game have the interest to maintain and things to prove. In Internet warfare, the size of the nation or group involved is irrelevant, also the size of budget or GDP is not a critical aspect for winning or losing. It values knowledge versus everything else, yes, including monetary profit.
Saving, maintaining and securing data is not only hard, but also a lifeblood of today’s business, regardless of industry. Not all firms are ready to take on that challenge, especially in the days where states are taking a plunge with data privacy and protection legislation. The European Union already blazed the trail May last year with its GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) initiative. It is only a matter of time before the United States and the rest of the industrialized countries to follow that trend.
Those organizations that are not ready for such burden may take a look at the growing market of Infrastructure-as-a-service. Also, casually called the multi-cloud system, where a certain firm shipped-out their infrastructure requirements from internal hosting and maintenance to another firm for a fee. Unlike the regular cloud system which only handles one functionality like just email, or just remote file sharing. In an Infrastructure-as-service, all the computing back-end happens outside of the company.
The advantage of infrastructure-as-a-service is a two-fold, the responsibility and obligation to secure data is considered as “outsourced” to another company that host the corporate data in an external site. It is assumed that the same data can be viewed and used from inside and outside the company, as long as users can connect to the Internet. Therefore, it is also suitable for handling various work styles such as mobile work, telecommuting, and use of smart devices also known as BYOD (Bring Your Own Device). It is similar to hosting in that it is protected in a strictly security-managed data center without the need to prepare servers and other facilities, but cloud services are more transparent to the users, as there is no access to the actual hardware.
There are many ways to use cloud services, but let’s look at specific usage scenes in business. Cloud services can be said to be suitable because it is difficult to predict how much they will increase. Also, as with “file storage” and “server”, as with “mail”, it is necessary to respond to “data” that increases daily, so there is a movement to use cloud services. By using multi-cloud service with high security, it is possible to manage data safely under an environment where the dedicated staff of the service provider knows the latest security measures, and the user company can concentrate on the main business. Decide how far your company’s system will be clouded, determine the cost merit, operation policy, business continuity, etc. in total, and decide on the policy of clouding.