Equifax. Deloitte. Verizon. These are just a few examples of recent security breaches that have made the front pages in the last few months. A study by XO Communications in 2015 stated that at that time, 56% of businesses were worried about their cloud data security.
However, these breaches are usually as a result of user error or insufficient security protocols in place by the user, not the cloud provider. Deloitte did not implement Two-Step Verification. A Verizon employee mistakenly set a folder to public instead of private on AWS. Equifax had a flaw in an application being used on one of its servers.
So what’s a business to do? The reality is your data is actually safer in the cloud than on premises when you use a solution like DaaS or Desktop-as-a-Service. And here’s why:
Multiple levels of security procedures
When you decide to use a hosted workspace solution like DaaS, you immediately gain several layers of protection that may or may not be available to you with on-premise systems. Hosted providers have dedicated staff to just research, monitor and implement new security tools and strategies to keep your data safe. A 2014 report by the RAND Corporation found that there is a thriving cyber black market, researching and purchasing tools that can be used against you. Make sure you have a strong supporter at your back, with resources that include both physical and virtual protection layers.
Built in Backup and Disaster Recovery
Harvey. Maria. Jose. Just a few names that immediately bring to mind significant devastation, both within the U.S. and outside. What would your business do in the event of a natural disaster taking out your physical location? Utilizing a cloud service such as Hosted Virtual Desktops ensure that your employees can keep working, regardless of their location. Lose electricity or some other major utility in your office space? Employees simply need to pack up their computer and find a location with an internet connection and keep working.
And what about backup? Let’s say all of your resources were wiped out, even all of your hardware. What would you do? DaaS solutions include backup – you don’t need to have access to the actual system that was used, but any system with an internet connection would work. This includes laptops, desktops, mobile phones, tablets and thin clients.
Stolen computer? No problem
Not all data breaches are as a result of hacking. Some happen when workers unintentionally lose a laptop or it’s stolen. Or a disgruntled ex-employee does not return their assigned system. When using a hosted virtual desktop solution like DaaS, you can mitigate this risk. All files are saved on an external server, meaning that no files are hosted on the assigned system and therefore cannot fall into the wrong hands.
How can dinCloud help?
dinCloud was born in the cloud and security is our core philosophy. We understand the serious need for strong security for your systems. Learn more about how dinCloud can help you launch a secure Hosted Virtual Desktop and DaaS solution in this free whitepaper.